Before Midnight

  • 15
  • Richard Linklater (2013)
  • US / Gre
  • 108 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

The magic is still alive in director Richard Linklater's third astute probe into the developing screen relationship between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (previously chronicled in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset). Nine more years have passed and the two lovers are now a happily unmarried couple living in Paris with their twin daughters. At the end of an idyllic Greek holiday, they talk honestly about their life together, bickering over Hawke's frustrations with his American teenage son, who lives in Chicago with his ex-wife, and Delpy's desire to give up her current job to work for the French government. In relaxed long takes the familiar topics are covered - sex, pain and politics - as the duo, clearly so comfortable in their characters' skin, indulge in intelligent banter, sharp humour and emotional truths. A beachside dinner party means Greek friends also get to share in the sparkling dialogue in this absorbing, challenging episode. But the core concerns remain mortality, regret, romantic maintenance and an optimistic outlook, in what has turned out to be an outstanding indie trilogy.

Plot Summary

Married couple Jesse and Celine attend a writing workshop in Greece. Their friends surprise them by offering to look after their children while they spend the night at a luxury hotel, an encounter which sees them reflecting on the past and their differing hopes for the future. The third film in Richard Linklater's romantic drama series that began with Before Sunrise, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jesse Wallace
Ethan Hawke
Celine
Julie Delpy
Hank
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Ella
Jennifer Prior
Nina
Charlotte Prior
Natalia
Xenia Kalogeropoulou
Patrick
Walter Lassally
Anna
Ariane Labed
Achilleas
Yannis Papadopoulos
Ariadni
Athina Rachel Tsangari

Crew

Director
Richard Linklater

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Sony
Guidance: 
Swearing, sex scenes.
Available on DVD
Released 21 Jun 2013
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Sony DADC UK Limited
Categories
Drama

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