A world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Before Midnight is director Richard Linklater’s (Bernie, Me and Orson Welles) long-awaited follow-up to 1995’s Before Sunrise and 2004’s Before Sunset. Co-writing, once again, with his stars Ethan Hawke (The Woman in the Fifth, New York
I Love You) and Julie Delpy (2 Days in New York, 2 Days in Paris), Linklater provides a resolution to Sunset’s cliffhanger ending while adding new dimensions to this beloved romantic tale that spans nearly twenty years.
When we last saw Jesse (Hawke) and Céline (Delpy), they were facing an uncertain (but promising) future in Paris. Before Midnight picks up with them nine years later. Two decades have passed since their first encounter on a Vienna-bound train, but as they now enjoy the last days of a vacation in Greece, it’s evident that the chemistry between them remains fresh and their conversation lively. But for all that remains the same, they are no longer wayfaring twentysomethings but as aging Gen Xers in midlife, with all the accompanying stresses and responsibilities. Jesse and Céline have grown up, and the film’s tone has matured to match.
Linklater is at the top of his game with Midnight, once again building a film on the simplest of premises—a man and a woman talking—and making it glide along at a compellingly brisk clip. Hawke and Delpy, meanwhile, have achieved something unique in modern movies by writing, developing, and living with these characters for such a long period of time; their rich and complex characterizations speak to that rare devotion. Nearly twenty years on, Jesse and Céline still have plenty to talk about.
"One of the great movie romances of the modern era achieves its richest and fullest expression in Before Midnight." - Justin Chang Variety
"If the first two films belong with the greatest (if talkiest)
movie romances of all time, the new film is richer, riskier, and more
bleakly perceptive about what it takes for love to endure (or not) over
the long haul." - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"One of the best films of 2013 and the irresistible climax to Richard Linklater's trilogy of on-the-run amour." - Peter Howell, Toronto Star
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Prior
Runtime: 108 minutes
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