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Before Midnight (2013)

Ethan Hawke , Julie Delpy , Richard Linklater  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Format: 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and C‚line (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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152 of 165 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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46 of 54 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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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk to me ... September 5, 2013
I'm new to the whole `Before...' trilogy. I understand that I'm probably the one in a million who hadn't seen any of the parts, but it is a truth I can't hide from. Back in 2004, when the internet was abuzz of talk over `Before Sunset' and critics were raving Julie Delpy's performance and the Oscars were nominating its screenplay I was under a rock. Well, to be completely honest, I wasn't under a rock as much as I was too lazy to want to watch `Before Sunrise' and there was no way I was going to watch a sequel without watching the first film. So this year I finally buckled. With all the critical praise for `Before Midnight' I knew that I was going to eventually HAVE to see this movie, and so I Netflix'd `Before Sunrise' and `Before Sunset' and had myself a `Before...' marathon. Yes, I got up early this morning and watched the first two films and then got in my car and sat in a theater and indulged in the conclusion to this romantic trifecta (or is it?).

In all honesty, I'm still semi-processing the whole thing, but I really don't think one can talk about one film, especially `Before Midnight', without at least addressing the others. The films are so interconnected despite being about so many varying themes and subjects. Quite honestly, other than the two main characters these films don't really speak the same language and yet they feel so interconnected.

What I think is so great about this series is that, experienced as I did today (back to back to back), the films play out like a complete relationship. You have the initial meeting in 1994 on a train through Europe. These two people, Jesse and Celine, meet rather spontaneously, share a meaningful `chat' and then decide to spend an entire day and night roaming Vienna and getting to know one another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third of the thoughtful trilogy
After our trip to Vienna twenty years ago, we saw the first of this series and now are happy to have what may be the final installment.
Published 3 days ago by Shash
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars out of respect for Jesse and Celine's 1st movie
Don't get me wrong; I respect what Richard Linklater usually does, but I watched this movie because I loved the first movie and fell in love with the characters. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Philip D. Parshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best of the three Before... films
The first film is hopeful and full of the promise associated with young love.

The second film showed the characters as more grounded. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kyle A. Herschend
5.0 out of 5 stars My friend loves it
I bought this as gift for my friend. We all love this story. It is a great gift on Valentine's Day.
Published 12 days ago by Linxue Ren
4.0 out of 5 stars Yawn! But my girl loves it
Well written, nice setting, fantastic cinematography--entire time i watched with my gf holding a gun to my back side...but I now understand her affinity for this series. Read more
Published 13 days ago by V.Gonzales
1.0 out of 5 stars Feel sorry for Jesse, very sorry...........
Wow, what a thoroughly disappointing and depressing conclusion to an otherwise bright trilogy. I was certainly a big fan of the first two movies - they seemed to put the discussion... Read more
Published 14 days ago by B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to Own Right Away!
Not only was this DVD to complete my trilogy, but the content & context were terrific! If you were fans of Before Sunrise or Before Sunset, this is a MUST!
Published 15 days ago by Lady Diane Chua
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Whole Series Brilliant!
This is the best of the three films, and all are brilliant. Beautifully, cleverly written, this series of three films (Before... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Dragon Irish
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible movie
Worst movie ever. I could not even get close to the end, waste of money and time, I do not recommend at all
Published 28 days ago by Juliana P. da Matta machado
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magical
I'm not going to rehash this film nor the trilogy because there is no way in words to do them justice. As we watched this latest installment, my wife and I were enthralled. Read more
Published 1 month ago by allthumbs
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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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