Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★★

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"If you want love, then this is it. This is real life. It's not perfect but it's real."

Before Sunrise and Before Sunset were both phenomenal films so I was looking extremely forward to Before Midnight. Taking place in Greece and nine years after the events of Before Sunset, Before Midnight shows how Jesse and Celine have settled into adulthood. It is the culmination of the maturity that they've gained over the course of eighteen years. Jesse and Celine are parents now and have begun reflect on their lives and time spent together. There is no sense of magic or fantasy elements like Before Sunrise and Sunset had, instead it is total reality. But my word, it is incredible! Not only did I absolutely love it, but it is now my favourite of the entire trilogy and the best film I've seen from 2013. The chemistry and performances have never been better. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy both are absolutely Oscar-worthy in their unbelievably natural portrayals. There is an amazing scene between Jessie and Celine that lasts twenty minutes, but it manages to absolutely fly by because of how impeccable they are in the film. The screenplay and directing from Linklater are also extraordinary. Before Midnight still has all the wonderful thought-provoking dialogue, witty banter and interesting conversations of the first two films, but has so much more focus on daily issues in exactly the same way a real couple would. Linklater captured the essence of the troubles of a relationship with so much authenticity, that I was absolutely floored. The Before Trilogy is easily one of the best trilogies in film history and I have had an amazing time seeing Jessie and Celine mature. I couldn't have asked for a better film to end the outstanding trilogy than Before Midnight. A breathtaking and painfully real exploration of love, commitment, and marriage.

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