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"This is how people start to break up.",
This review is from: Before Midnight [DVD]  (DVD)
Have you seen Before Sunrise / Before Sunset [DVD]? If no, you have to! These are magical films, lovely and romantic. Such limited scenarious in both of them, and now in the conclusion to the trilogy, "Before Midnight" - just a romantically envolved couple talking to each other over several hours, but the films reach out and engage the viewer fully, no special effects, just two very special characters.
Almost a decade since the last installation to the series, our favourite couple is back, they are in their forties now, coping with kids and careers and disappointments, but there is hope. This film makes us understand what the couple's relationship has become since we last saw them in 2004, we are shown and have to appreciate both how well they get on with each other and the bubbling tension that runs between them. Is there a break up on the cards?
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy became such a great on-screen couple throughout the years, in "Before Midnight", both of them participated in script writing and developing the whole idea of the conclusion of the "Before" trilogy, alongside the indi director Richard Linklater. Jesse and Celine's characters are convincing and so real, Hawke and Dulpy are playing themselves, they are ageing and they annoy each other yet they share such a bond that, portrayal of which in any other film would, perhaps, feel artificial, but it works, it works just fine in "Before Midnight".
I was so looking forward to seeing this film. And, whilst I was sitting through the first half an hour or so of the film, I was tensed, not wanting to admit that I was... disappointed with the screenplay (because the acting is surreally good!). But the film never failed, it redeemed itself as it headed into the evening and I was back just with Jesse and Celine, like a fly on the wall. The Greek location was beautiful, the food mouthwatering, the dialogue cracking and the chemistry between the leads was a hundred percent believable - the second half of the film just flew by, I was not aware of the time, and when the credits started to roll I did not want to leave.
God, I love this trilogy, I love this couple, who feel like old friends by now. "Before Midnight" is one of the most convincing and charming portrayals of long-term relationship I've ever seen. And it's a bitter sweet ending - I guess we won't hear from Jesse and Celine anymore - but such a perfect ending.
A great, smart, feel-good film! I recommend wholeheartedly.