Before Midnight – ***

Posted: October 25, 2013 in 2013, Dramedy, Romance, USA, XXX

The third installment in the Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke trilogy is quite an enjoyable movie. I kind of forgot about Before Sunset, the equally enjoyable sequel to the much beloved Before Sunset, which showed one of the few on-screen romances that I believed in. Two strangers meet on a train, decide to get off and talk… WOW. Then they meet again so many years later and they reunite. And now they are about to break up. Or not.

The nice thing with this trilogy is that you ARE curious about what happened to these characters. It’s like meeting friends again who you haven’t met in a long time and you catch up. That’s the feeling I had watching this movie. I felt like watching friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. I see difficulties in ALL of my friends’ relationships. Even in the ones I think were perfect. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that there are issues between Jesse and Celine.

They are both on a holiday and Jesse just said goodbye to his son (of a previous marriage). He has two daughters with Celine, is a successful writer and should actually be happy to be with the woman he loves. But he feels like he’s missing out on the teenage years of his son who lives far away and expresses these feelings to Celine. Enter: DRAMA. Celine gets all upset and goes on and on and on and on. As a guy, it’s very easy to empathize with Jesse.

As usual, I loved the dialogue and the script. It’s very real and believable. Sure, some of the name dropping is a bit pretentious, but there are many cultural snobbish caviar socialists like that in France (and the rest of the world). The movie is over before you know it and it does leave you wait for the next installment.


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