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Before Midnight (2013)

Ethan Hawke , Julie Delpy , Richard Linklater  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) first met in their twenties in BEFORE SUNRISE; reunited in their thirties in BEFORE SUNSET; and, now, in director Richard Linklater’s amazing BEFORE MIDNIGHT, they face the past, present and future; family, romance and love. Now on a writer’s retreat in Greece, the couple looks for a night of passion, but instead their idyllic night turns into a test of their relationship and a discussion of what the future holds for them.

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191 of 204 people found the following review helpful
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Let's first get two things out of the way. If you've seen BEFORE SUNRISE and/or BEFORE SUNSET and disliked them...there is no reason to give BEFORE MIDNIGHT a try. And if you haven't seen those movies at all, I HIGHLY recommend you do prior to checking out Richard Linklater's latest near classic.

I should also warn that even the most cursory mention of plot points in either the 2ndor the 3rdmovie can be construed as spoilers...but it's tough to talk about the 3rdfilm without giving away some surprise. I'll balance as best I can.

In BEFORE SUNRISE, young American Jesse (Ethan Hawke), age about 23 meets young Frenchwoman Celine (Julie Delpy), age about 23. They are on a train bound for Vienna. Jesse is flying back to the US from Vienna the morning after the train arrives. Celine is on her way back to Paris after visiting family in Budapest. They strike up a conversation and clearly hit it off right away. Jesse asks Celine to get off the train with him and spend the night wandering Vienna before he has to leave Europe. The movie follows their ambling through Vienna and just lets them talk. And talk. And talk. And fall in love. For the right viewer, this was a nearly magical film that beautiful captured, through long, semi-improvised takes, the joy of two people getting to know each other and come to appreciate and even love each other. We felt like we were right there with them, and the two stars gave terrific performances. At the end, they agree they will meet again in 6 months, and we're left to wonder what happened to them.

BEFORE SUNSET tells us (spoilers coming up). It's nine years later, and Jesse is in Paris speaking about his new book, which is clearly a retelling of that night in Vienna.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
When we last saw Jessie and Celine now already nine years ago, Jessie looked as if he was about to miss his flight back to the US and instead choosing to stay with Celine in Paris. And now we get the third installment of this fanastic mini-franchise.

As "Before Midnight" (2013 release; 109 min.) opens, we see Jessie (played by Ethan Hawke) dropping off his 13 yr. old son Hank at the Kalamata airport in the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece. From their conversation we learn that Hank spent the summer with Jessie and Celine on vacation in Greece. As Jessie gets to his car to drive off, we see Celine (played by Julie Delpy) and... their 7 yr. old twin daughters Ella and Nina! So yes indeed, Celine and Jessie became a couple, living in Paris, and now the parents of 2 girls. The remainder of the movie plays out that rest of the afternoon and evening, and to tell you much more of the 'plot' would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, this is another tour-de-force for director Richard Linklater and co-stars/co-writers Hawke and Delpy. The strenght of the movie is in its story-telling and character development. Keep in mind, there are really only 4 scenes in the movie: the drop-off and drive back from the airport, the evening dinner, the walk to the hotel, and the hotel room, that's it. Second, the two main characters' development is going into opposite directions: Jessie was not all that likeable in the first movie (for me anyway) but Celine was just darling. In the second movie, it was pretty much even keel. In "Before Midnight", Jessie has become the likeable character by far, whereas Celine comes across as resentful, bitter at times, and not very likeable far too often.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what *real* love looks like September 9, 2013
A couple meets on a train and spends a life-changing night in Vienna. They part ways. Nine years later, they meet again in Paris, where they reconnect and wonder what life would be like if they hadn't gone on their own paths. And now, nine more years have gone by as we meet them again, married with children.

In most movies, this would be the definition of `happily ever after'. Sure, 'Before Midnight' could easily have turned into a soapy tearjerker in the wrong hands, but under the helm of Linklater, Delpy and Hawke, it turns into something that is rarely witnessed in cinema: A movie that has love at its very core, but at the same time, is almost anti-romantic. At the very least, it challenges most people's notion of what 'romantic' is.

This couple is real and their issues are real. Their staying together for a decade and having had kids has taken a toll on them. The movie, unlike `Before Sunrise' or `Sunset', is no longer about a random encounter in a beautiful European city. It is about sharing a life together, and the difficulty to accept people for what they really are. It is about intimacy (or lack thereof), guilt and things left unsaid. It is about a love that does not do "happily ever after". It is about "and now, what?"

And precisely because of that, it is human. Its humanity lies in reflecting the flaws and the heartbreak that is so close to anyone who's ever had a fully committed relationship permeated by love. And coming to terms with how each single person relates to this overpowering force of nature is one of the biggest challenges a couple can face. With `Midnight', these immense characters, that almost carry a larger-than-life weight on their shoulders, have reached a brand new level of depth that makes this entry, perhaps, the best in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting great casting must see all three
very interesting great casting must see all three movies
Published 19 hours ago by ALAN R, MCLENNAN
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Great movie series. Watch them all!
Published 3 days ago by Allison
2.0 out of 5 stars How to ruin a beautiful run
Honestly, I don't understand why critics raved about this film, which is a failure in nearly every respect. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Enjoyed everything but the end.
Published 13 days ago by Laura Mullins
3.0 out of 5 stars It was to realistic and I found it like there was no romance @ all
It was to realistic and I found it like there was no romance @ all. So I was disappointed. Hope that they will make up on the next version if there is another one
Published 15 days ago by Caridad Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see if you saw the first two
Last of the trilogy. Had to have it but it was rather sad to see. Got wrapped up in the series
Published 17 days ago by Geraldine Goss
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Everything ok
Published 23 days ago by MONICA MAKI YAGUE
4.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Madness!
This has been a wonderful and beautifully set of films, but this is my least favorite even though it has many wonderful moments and has a splendid cast. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Bill Ford Interiors, Inc.
4.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues but I didn't like this one as much as the first two
The saga continues but I didn't like this one as much as the first two, probably because it was more like real life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Avolese
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great third movie to the series! Loved it!
Published 1 month ago by gita
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lol, $27.88 for the dvd?
If this is the price, what a rip!
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