I watched Before Midnight back in February at SXSW in Austin, with a talk from director Richard Linklater after the viewing. Austin is Linklater's hometown and there was a lot of love in the room for him and the movie. I must say, I was one of those showing the love. Before Midnight is really great. The film picks up nine years on from the last time we saw Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) in an apartment in Paris. They are in Greece, where Jesse and Celine are spending the summer. They are now married with twin daughters.
So I felt a sense of triumph of the romantic to see that the ambiguous ending of Before Sunset ended they way I had hoped. I rested on my laurels for the first 15 minutes of the film, and that is when you realise that like the first two movies, this was a slice of life, or should I say a very well written, carefully crafted dialogue between a couple in their early 40s feeling the strains of everyday life, choices they have made, and the days after happily ever after. I will not say anything more as it would ruin the movie.
If you are a fan of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset (which were both shown today as part of the Sydney Festival program) you will also love Before Midnight. I for one cannot wait for the next film in the series, in nine years time.
As an added bonus check out the Public Service Announcement done by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy did for The Alamo Movie Houses in the USA. Love it.