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BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013) movie review: (SPOILERS AHEAD!) Set eighteen years after BEFORE SUNRISE and nine after BEFORE SUNSET, BEFORE MIDNIGHT follows Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) again, this time on the Greek Peloponnese peninsula. The two lovers have two adorable twin girls together, and a son Jesse had with his wife in America, a marriage that didn’t go well. But could the one between Jesse and Celine, though?
Just like the first two entries in the trilogy, BEFORE MIDNIGHT once again knocks it out of the part with its writing. Every scene feels improvised between Hawke, Delpy and other actors, until you realize they’re all saying words actually in the screenplay. The natural authentic dialogue makes the film feel extremely immersive, elevated farther by the two lead performances. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are as usual incredible, and the last thirty minutes of the film definitely prove that, when the two get into a heated argument, which leads them to question if their love for each other has a happy future.
MIDNIGHT shows us what the relationship between Jesse and Celine truly is, and it is imperfect. The last act show an emotional, vulnerable romance between the two, that perfectly concludes this presumable trilogy, unless if we get a fourth part in 2022, that may or may not show us if this relationship will properly settle, since these three movies have left this uncertainty of wether if they’ll be with each other for the rest of their lives or not. SUNRISE proposes this question, SUNSET seems to make you think you have the answer to it, but in MIDNIGHT the argument makes you think maybe not, until in the very final minutes of the film Jesse brilliantly tells Celine that love is not perfect, and the two reconcile. Will we see the lovers again four years from now? Maybe we’ll get an answer some day.
Many may look at this trilogy and wonder why would I want to invest time in this boring, dialogue driven story about two people spending their time with each other, but think about this: All these times you spend with the ones you love, are you truly bored by it?