Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★

An older Celine being angry for the entire film is so scared of losing Jesse that her insecurities get on top of her. She'd rather put words in his mouth, jump to conclusions, tear their relationship apart and lose him rather than stay in the suspense of someday losing him. She's so afraid of being right but wants to be right at the same time. I don't know how I would deal with that constant turmoil day in and day out with someone who was supposed to give me solace, not agony. What's ironic is she says women have less role models to feel pressurised by, but that doesn't matter. She's got time to feel upset by like the rest of us.

The ending was sweet, I mean that time traveller line would totally work on me irl, hook, line, and sinker, but I couldn't help feeling disenchanted by their portrayal in older age. Celine came across completely insecure and Jesse as the guy who has to stick by her to prove their love was worth it all while contending with the emotional fallout of being separated from his son.

Mmm, I think I will stick to the first two films, thanks. Although if there's another film, I want it to be called Before the Witching Hour and have both Celine and Jesse have dementia and tear each other apart, kind of what I imagine Haneke's Amour to be like. I mean, they already destroyed my feels. Might as well destroy the fine bone china while they're at it.

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