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3.9
4,146 Ratings

Before Midnight

Directed by Richard Linklater
United States, 2013
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Almost two decades after they met by chance on a Vienna-bound train, Jesse and Celine are married and spending the summer in Greece with their two daughters. Over the course of one evening, the two examine the state of their relationship.

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Before Midnight Directed by Richard Linklater

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Screenplay

Screen romances do not as a rule lend themselves to sequels. To extrapolate beyond the conclusion of most love stories is to complicate, or to shatter, the myth of happily ever after. It could be said that Before Midnight belongs to an entirely different, and considerably trickier, genre than its predecessors—that of the marriage movie (even if Jesse and Celine are not technically hitched).
March 01, 2017
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Though together as a result of their genuine loving bond, BEFORE MIDNIGHT openly and boldly questions why they remain connected. A lengthy scene during dinner with friends young and old allows for an egalitarian discussion of just this idea, expressing in a different way what Linklater’s films are: interim reports on the shifting definition of love as we age. The scene also sets up one of the most remarkable quarrels on film, elegantly shot and staged.
August 30, 2013
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Linklater has always flirted (in an artistic sense) with superficiality: it is both the challenge that he works with, and the trap into which he sometimes plunges. He likes to keep things light, a bit mundane and trivial. His characters blather on, enjoy the small things in life, occasionally skirt around a major problem… But the Before series has, on this level, deteriorated from one film to the next…
August 30, 2013
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