Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★½

Meet, talk, fall in love, make promises, drift apart, reflect, recover, rekindle, realize, and secure. Now what? This is the question Before Midnight addresses, and it does so in such a way that makes me feel hopeful, bitter, carefree, sad, mad, and just about any other emotion I could evoke. Before Sunrise and Before Sunset both set the romantic tone and pave the way for a brutal dose of bluntness.

Before Midnight doesn't come with rose-coloured glasses; this is most palpable when Jesse and Celine stay at a hotel for the night. A night out in a hotel room away from customary life is hyped up to be a night of sweet romance bottled in seclusion, but the tense conversation bottled in that room is as far from sweet as two people can get. The scene is shot simply yet I'm left biting my nails, hanging on to each word. That is the genius of Richard Linklater's writing. He continues a story that feels so natural, thanks to both his talent and the acting master classes performed by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

I can’t do this film justice with words. See it.

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