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Watching "Before Midnight"
Published on June 26, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review the new Richard Linklater movie "Before Midnight."

Here's an excerpt:

"The first two films in director Richard Linklater’s acclaimed 'Before' series were joyous affairs, showing two people connecting and reconnecting and falling in love. The third film, “Before Midnight” is more like a splash of cold water in the face, detailing the fissures in their relationship and exploring the possibility of falling out of love.

Jesse and Celine might be fictional characters, but their concerns, fights and communication breakdowns are all too common among once-idealistic young adults now mired in the self-doubt and anxieties of middle age. In the new film 'Before Midnight,' their talks are reminiscent of some of the conversations I’ve had with friends in recent years. 'Marriage is a funny thing,' one of my friends told me a few months ago. I’m sure Jesse and Celine would agree.

We first encountered Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) in 1995 in 'Before Sunrise,' when they met on a train and spent the day and night wandering the streets of Vienna and talking. Jesse is American and Celine is French; they decide not to exchange contact information but to meet at the train station in six months time. In the 2004 sequel 'Before Sunset,' Jesse and Celine reunite after about a decade; Jesse is now a successful writer, and Celine seeks him out at a book signing in Paris. They talk about their lives, and the film closes with Jesse sitting in a chair in Celine’s apartment, and Celine telling him, 'Baby, you are going to miss that plane.' In 'Before Midnight,' we learn that Jesse did miss his plane, divorced his wife and now lives in France with Celine and their twin daughters."

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