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Before Midnight (2013)

Ethan Hawke , Julie Delpy , Richard Linklater  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 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
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2016 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,480 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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196 of 209 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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52 of 59 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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25 of 27 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I've loved everyone of his films from Dazed & Confused to ...
Can't wait for Before Noon, or whatever they want to call the next installment. Linklater is a true original and he gets such subtle, powerful performances. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Scott W. Bultman
3.0 out of 5 stars Left Me Feeling Sad
I have the previous movies, and LOVE them, but for me, I didn't like this one as much. This didn't hold my attention or didn't have that "pull you into the relationship"... Read more
Published 6 days ago by TJ
3.0 out of 5 stars sometimes good, sometimes terrible
The weakest of the three movies. However is worthwhile to see it to complete the story. The dialogue is uneven, sometimes good, sometimes terrible, this condition probable happens... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Roger Lorenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie
Published 13 days ago by career girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Talky, but enjoyable.
Published 17 days ago by Jane Matz
5.0 out of 5 stars Also good to know that some situations or feelings are not ...
It's so convincing yet surprising to me that their life eventually become that way.
But it is by no way the only possibility of "real life" and some people do work... Read more
Published 23 days ago by perspective93
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing as a standalone movie!
I haven't seen the previous movies in the trilogy, but this film does a great job of alluding to what you missed without feeling lost. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to wrap up a series!
Great series as a whole and Before Midnight, being the third part in the series, was a great way to provide closure. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Justin Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ending to trilogy
The witty dialog continues in this 3rd installment and I loved as much as one and two.
Published 29 days ago by Marc P
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Painful to watch.
Published 29 days ago by Robert G. Hunter, Jr.
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lol, $27.88 for the dvd?
If this is the price, what a rip!
Oct 16, 2013 by Perfecto-Geek |  See all 2 posts
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