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.
Before Midnight is a 2013 romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. It is the third film in the “Before” trilogy, following Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).
The film takes place nine years after the events of Before Sunset, and we find Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) in Greece on vacation, now in their early 40s and in a long-term relationship. The movie primarily focuses on their conversations and interactions during a single evening, as they discuss their past, present, and future.
Before Midnight is a beautifully crafted film that showcases the talents of both Hawke and Delpy, who have developed an incredible chemistry over the course of the trilogy. The dialogue is sharp and witty, with Linklater’s signature naturalistic style creating an immersive and engaging experience for the audience.
The film is also a poignant exploration of the complexities of long-term relationships, with the characters grappling with issues such as parenting, infidelity, and the passage of time. The movie is an honest and mature look at love and its challenges, offering a refreshing contrast to the typical Hollywood romance.
Overall, Before Midnight is a masterful film that brings the “Before” trilogy to a satisfying and emotionally resonant conclusion. It is a must-see for fans of the series and for anyone who appreciates thoughtful and well-crafted cinema.