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We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

Starring:
Ariane Labed, Julie Delpy
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 48 minutes
Starring Ariane Labed, Julie Delpy, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Ethan Hawke, Walter Lassally, Yota Argyropoulou
Director Richard Linklater
Genres Romance
Studio SONY PICTURES
Rental release 25 November 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles Hindi, Polish
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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I love the first two films, and couldn't wait to see Before Midnight. When I came out of the cinema, I just wanted to watch it all over again.

Delpy is incredible - It's as if it's the last performance of her career, and she brings all the passion and volatility of Celine back to life, but with a simmering frustration and resentment which eventually surfaces in the final act.

Hawke brilliantly portrays the forty-one year old Jesse, who still dresses like a teenager and looks like an old rocker. The al fresco dinner scene was my favourite, and I couldn't stop smiling throughout - the dialogue was so sharp and funny.

If you liked Sunrise and Sunset, then I highly recommend this film.
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So I went in to this film with very high expectations, having thought the first was great and adoring the second, I was ready for another fun and moving instalment in the lives of these two loveable, realistic characters. This turned out to be so much more.

This time, the film and it's amazing characters deal with long term commitment. This obviously isn't something that hasn't been done before in films, but it's never been done with such heart and realism. While the other two movies seemed like fairytales, this is much more grounded in reality and drama, and it hits us hard because we've grown to love and root for these two people, never have I wanted anyone to succeed more than this.

Something else that sets it apart from the others is the introduction of new characters to give different perspectives on things, on life and on relationships. We've seen Jesse and Celine discuss their thoughts on the world and each other, now we see other people in their lives and how they effect their views and how they are impacted by new opinions and view points. It's amazing to watch these characters develop, how they're discussions remain similar to 18 years ago, their questions are the same, but their answers are different. It's thought provoking and incredibly sad on occasions.

It still feels like we are intruding on their lives, on their private and intimate conversations, but here it's multiplied because we've never seen them like this, we've never seen them be so grounded in reality, dealing with these types of situations and dilemmas. They argue and we understand why, anyone would probably react the same way they do In the heat of the moment, but I was frustrated at both of them, I wanted to tell them to stop in the middle of the cinema, I wanted to calm them down.
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There is no doubt that Before Midnight is difficult viewing, especially for those who have vested so much in the characters through the first two films. Like many reviewers and critics, I mourn the loss of innocence and heady romance of the first two brief encounters, but understand the need for the relationship to follow its natural course, otherwise it would simply not be believable. And so we, with the privilege of viewing an intimate relationship at close quarters, witness tensions in private that would not otherwise be visible in public. As far as Jesse and Celine's friends in the film are concerned, the romance continues. And so it does, but with fractures that may, or may not, be terminal. This is the normality of long-term relationships that the writers and Director know is vital to portray at this stage in the characters' lives. What it means is that Before Midnight is but a point in time, and the next film - for there must be one for the story to follow its natural course - will bring Celine and Jesse to a yet another level. So, difficult viewing yes, but all part of a journey. Stick with it, and marvel at the dialogue, wonderfully subtle body language, nuanced supporting roles, and the sheer authenticity of the whole enterprise.
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As a big fan of the first two films (Before Sunrise/Sunset) I was really looking forward to this film. Thankfully, with Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy onboard once again, it didn't disappoint.

There are no car chases, explosions or CGI special effects here - it's just two great characters (who feel like old friends by now), stunning locations and long passages of crisp, flowing dialogue. So rare in films today, it's a thing of beauty. Sit back, get comfortable and drink it in. As the couple spend 20 minutes walking and talking their way to a hotel in Peloponnese Greece, go along for that walk with them, take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy the places the conversation goes.

For me, Before Midnight is the movie equivalent of sitting beside some glorious Mediterranean lake on holiday, sipping a fine wine and soaking up the warm sun, as you dwindle away the hours in the evening.
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An amazing film about life and love, and about the magic and hardness of daily life & daily love. Ethan and Julie are brilliant and makes us remember all the colors of a long term relationship. The dialogue is superb. Best movie of 2013! Antonia Tejeda Barros (Spain).
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When we last saw Jessie and Celine now already nine years ago, Jessie looked as if he was about to miss his flight back to the US and instead choosing to stay with Celine in Paris. And now we get the third installment of this fanastic mini-franchise.

As "Before Midnight" (2013 release; 109 min.) opens, we see Jessie (played by Ethan Hawke) dropping off his 13 yr. old son Hank at the Kalamata airport in the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece. From their conversation we learn that Hank spent the summer with Jessie and Celine on vacation in Greece. As Jessie gets to his car to drive off, we see Celine (played by Julie Delpy) and... their 7 yr. old twin daughters Ella and Nina! So yes indeed, Celine and Jessie became a couple, living in Paris, and now the parents of 2 girls. The remainder of the movie plays out that rest of the afternoon and evening, and to tell you much more of the 'plot' would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, this is another tour-de-force for director Richard Linklater and co-stars/co-writers Hawke and Delpy. The strenght of the movie is in its story-telling and character development. Keep in mind, there are really only 4 scenes in the movie: the drop-off and drive back from the airport, the evening dinner, the walk to the hotel, and the hotel room, that's it. Second, the two main characters' development is going into opposite directions: Jessie was not all that likeable in the first movie (for me anyway) but Celine was just darling. In the second movie, it was pretty much even keel. In "Before Midnight", Jessie has become the likeable character by far, whereas Celine comes across as resentful, bitter at times, and not very likeable far too often.
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