Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Before Midnight (2013)

Director: Richard Linklater
Writers:  Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Cast:      Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Nine years after Before Sunset, we meet Jesse and Celine in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting in Vienna and now they live together with two kids.

For the first time in the trilogy, we see them interacting with other characters and this portion of the film felt a bit forced. Then we see them going for a long walk to a hotel room where they talk and talk and the film just gets better and better. The first one Before Sunrise was great, second one Before Sunset was even better and this one is arguably the best. All the innocence and rosiness of the first two films is lost and this one depicts the harsh reality of staying in a relationship for a long time with kids. I don't know if they are going to bring out another one nine years from now but I really cannot see it without giving prominence to other characters. Like in the first two films, this one also ends with us wondering 'Will they, won't they'?

Rating: 4.5/5