Before Midnight (2013) – Richard Linklater

Nine years after Before Sunset, and almost twenty since Before Sunrise, we check in with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) again. And this is the next title from DK Canada’s The Movie Book’s What Else to Watch list following my screening of Boyhood.

Travelling in Greece as a family, including two daughters, the pair have aged, and grown, they talk about the things that connect them, the lives of their children, including Jesse’s son from his previous marriage, jobs, and where they are going in their lives.

The film is a little more expansive than the past two films in that there are a number of supporting characters at the place they are staying in Greece.

As Jesse wonders about the fate of his son, and his involvement in his life, it begins to jeopardise the life, and family he has with Celine.

There are discussions of relationships, death, sex, and love. And of course, soon, our two leads are off on their own walking and talking and taking in the beautiful sights.

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The pair have been together for nine years now, they are no longer the romantic, very in love couple we have grown to know. Now they are a couple who undeniably love each other, but also have to deal with their lives, their jobs, and the issues that directly impact them.

The arguments are brittle, realistic, and are familiar to everyone who has been in a relationship, and yet you foster hope that the pair will be able to talk things through. You know, that like life, they won’t always be happy, but they love one another enough to keep fighting to stay together.

This makes a wonderful sequel to the first two films, the ending of the first ended in hope, the second in joy, because of the sheer love, chemistry and romance of the moment and the wonder of the characters. The third one shows that it isn’t all ‘happily ever after.

It’s a beautiful film and it works so well because you have two films previous in which you get to know the characters, and that way when the arguments play out, there’s an actual emotional connection to it because we’ve been given the time to get to know the characters.

In the end, the film comes full circle, and gives us hope.

This trilogy was fantastic, and I loved the way it ended. DK Books’ The Movie Book continues offering up great titles, and if you don’t believe me, pick up a copy and find something amazing to watch tonight.

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