Courier – Top 10 of 2013 (Before Midnight)

9 Dec


4. Before Midnight

Before Midnight is the third film in Richard Linklater’s series – preceded by Before Sunrise and Before Sunset – that has followed Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delphy) growing up and falling in love along the way. In Before Midnight, we meet the couple on a family holiday in Greece, with kids in tow. The subtly brilliant performances and the sharp, witty script that defined the previous films all return inBefore Midnight; a rom-com it may be, but not in the traditional sense. Laden with dialogue, often a weakness but here a strength – light enough to amuse, rich enough to compel in equal measure. Linklater does not deal in fluff;Before Midnight is certainly darker than its predecessors but no less casually profound. It seamlessly adds to one of the most charming modern love stories, watching Jesse and Celine chat feels like visiting old friends. Relationships are rarely perfect, unlike Before Midnight, which comes mighty close indeed.

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