‘Before Midnight’ is a 2013 American romantic drama film and the sequel to ‘Before Sunrise’ (1995) and ‘Before Sunset’ (2004).
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) are married and have raised three children.
They kiss goodbye to Jesse’s son Hank (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick), who is going to spend the summer with his ex-wife in Chicago, then Jesse and Celine drive their two daughters Ella (Jennifer Prior) and Nina (Charlotte Prior) down the Greek coast to spend some time in the sun with friends.
En route, Jesse and Celine chatter about the past and the future, including his career as a novelist and her job prospects working for the government.
Their hosts arrange for Jesse and Celine to enjoy some quiet time together in a hotel room without the girls but this wonderful evening of togetherness forces the couple to confront fractures in the relationship.
Nine years after ‘Before Sunset’, the gorgeously romantic sequel to ‘Before Sunrise’, director Richard Linklater and actors Hawke and Delpy reunite for this third chapter in the lives of Jesse and Celine, who met by chance on a train and spent a magical day together in Vienna.
Unlike the previous two instalments, ‘Before Midnight’ does not unfold entirely in real time, stitching together a handful of scenes which lay bare the precarious state of the couple’s relationship and assess the likelihood they might stay together for another nine years.
The two leads ease back into familiar roles with elan and the script, co-written by Hawke, Delpy and Linklater, rings true at every turn as relationships unravel at the seams.
The Peloponnese peninsula provides a stunning backdrop to the soul-searching and turmoil.
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Jennifer Prior, Charlotte Prior, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.
‘Before Midnight’ (Cert 15, 109 mins, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Drama/Romance, also available to buy DVD £19.99).
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