Pius 1’s review published on Letterboxd:
I only recently found myself watching Before Sunrise and Before Sunset and found them incredibly good and regretted having not seen them sooner, therefore I'm extremely happy at the chance to have caught Before Midnight at the cinema, the third film in the Before trilogy by Richard Linklater.
Like Before Sunset, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delply shared in the creative process, writing the screenplay with Richard Linklater.
Oh, and what a hell of a screenplay this is!
Nine years have passed since the conclusion of Before Sunset, almost two decades since Jessie and Céline's first encounter in Vienna and we now see the fateful couple in their middle-ages on vacation with friends in Greece, they now have children together.
The excitement and idealism of their romance has now given way to petty arguments and bickering, their relationship is strained by Jessie's idea of moving their family to America so he can be closer to his son from the relationship he left to be with Céline.
Even though I've only recently seen Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, I feel as if I've known Jessie and Céline much longer, they're like old friends of mine and it's great to catch up with them and see how they're doing, they are very genuine.
The strength of this film, like the others, is all in the dialogue which is intelligent and very realistic, it's easy to be drawn into their conversations intimately as if there's no cameras there, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are amazing on screen and deliver their lines effortlessly.
Before Midnight brings the couple you fell in love with to some very dark places, it's actually very depressing and painful to watch towards the end as the passive-aggressive bitterness between them culminates in a full-on argument, there lurks an uncertainty and you're not sure what's going to happen, it's quite painful to watch them like this but again it reflects reality, this is what eventually happens to a lot of married couples.
Before Midnight is a powerful piece of cinema, Richard Linklater delivers a quality screenplay with remarkable acting from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the best film I've seen this year.