Before Midnight

Before Midnight ★★★★★

Linklater builds up a form and destroys it in so many ways.
That first scene is all about consequences. We want to see Jesse and Celine again, but nope. Jesse still must deal with the consequences of missing the plane, and it's no coincidence that it's a painful goodbye in an airport, where he will no doubt spend much of his life.
The framing of each shot during dinner.
The first time I watched this, I thought the ending was incredibly ambiguous, but now it doesn't seem that way at all. It seems like the perfect way to end everything. It addresses the entire nature of their relationship. It becomes clear that this IS as close to reality as we can get, though we will always prefer fantasy.
Julie Delpy shows some of the finest acting I've ever seen by anyone in any movie.
I kind of hate this movie because of how real it is. It makes me feel all the feelings I run from. Linklater stays consistent though--it is perfectly made.

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