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Before Midnight (2013)

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. (R, 109 min.)


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The conclusion of The Before Trilogy finds Celine and Jesse several years into a relationship and in the midst of a sun-dappled Greek retreat with their twin daughters and a group of friends. The couple soon find their vacation upended, however, by long-simmering problems that come to a boil. Marked by the emotional depth, piercing wit, and conversational exuberance that Linklater and his actors honed over two decades of abiding with these characters, Before Midnight grapples with the complexities of long-term intimacy, and asks what becomes of love when it has no recourse to its past illusions. [Criterion]

Starring: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Director: Richard Linklater
Genre(s): Drama, Romance

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"Predictably, it's just as great as the first two."

— David Jenkins, Little White Lies

"Bittersweet, intelligently written, deftly acted and painfully honest."

— Claudia Puig, USA Today

"Offers a remarkably intimate and provocative study of a marriage."

— Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"From first scene to last, Hawke and Delpy shine brilliantly, wearing their roles like second skins."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"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

"So much better written than contemporary novels, this film is a literary as well as cinematic achievement to cherish. For grown-ups."

— David Sexton, London Evening Standard

"As an organic experiment in collaboration between actors and director, it is a triumph, co-created and co-owned by Delpy, Linklater and Hawke."

— Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"If I were only allowed to see one movie this year, I'd want it to be Before Midnight. If I were only allowed two trips to a theater this year, I'd see it twice."

— Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine

"With this series, each film deepens the meaning and sensibility of the story so that now, as one whole, they are one of the most romantic stories in the history of film."

— Nell Minow, Movie Mom

"A bit tarter than its predecessors, but not skimping on their woozy, chatty charm, this perfectly played, gently incisive film is a welcome new chapter in one of cinema's most beguiling ongoing romances."

— Guy Lodge, Empire Magazine

"Unleashing a stream of feminist consciousness that is both outraged and outrageous-and cathartic because we are laughing with her, not at her-Céline emerges as a 21st-century hero and Delpy as the Carole Lombard of our time."

— Amy Taubin, Film Comment Magazine

"'Before Midnight' has all the best qualities of 'Sunrise' and 'Sunset' (a love of conversational dialogue, long takes that value the joy of performance and interaction, gorgeous European locations), yet it is a grander and more complicated achievement."

— Jason Bailey, Flavorwire