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★★★★☆ Before Midnight (2013) is the final part of an extraordinary trilogy, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. For those who have watched the previous two films, Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), it will feel as though you have grown and aged with the two central characters, Jesse and Celine. It's a clever concept, brilliant exploited by Linklater and his team. Yet, for those lacking this background, Before Midnight also stands alone as a film about love, loyalty and commitment. In Before Sunrise, Parisian Celine and American Jesse are both 23 when they meet on a train travelling through Europe.
Jesse persuades his fellow passenger to disembark and spend the day with him in Vienna. They chat, laugh and fall in love. When it is time to part they promise to meet again in six months. In Before Sunset, nine years later, it transpires that they never met again. »
- CineVue UK
Self-taught writer-director Richard Linklater was among the most successful talents to emerge from the new wave of independent American filmmakers in the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour time period – and with non-formulaic narratives about seemingly random occurrences – Linklater’s work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum.” In the early 1990s, his debut feature Slacker was hailed as something of a manifesto for Generation X, and ever since, the filmmaker has earned a loyal fan-base world wide with such hits as Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise. As big fans of the filmmaker, the Sound On Sight staff decided to vote on our ten favourite films from the director.
Note: There was two ties.
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- Mandi Bierly
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have pulled off the almost unachievable - finished off their 'Before... ' trilogy with a film that matches, in many way surpasses, their previous two cinematic outings for wit, humour, romance and, above all, honesty.
It is nearly two decades since the pair's on-screen counterparts met for the first time, on a train travelling across Europe, in the floaty romance 'Before Sunrise', Viewers watched as boy and girl wandered dreamily around Vienna, falling in love over the course of 12 hours, but separated by the end, presumably never to reunite.
Except they did, in 2004. In Paris, for 'Before Sunset'. By which time Hawke's character Jesse was married to someone else, so their French reunion »
- The Huffington Post UK
Director: Richard Linklater; Screenwriters: Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy; Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Prior, Charlotte Prior; Running time: 109 mins; Certificate: 15
In 2004, Before Sunset offered a glimmer of hope for lovers Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) on the quest for happily ever after. But was it really meant to be? Spoiler alert! The question is answered - though, only in part - in the opening scene of the second scintillating sequel that comes 18 years after Before Sunrise when the couple first met on a train bound for Vienna.
From there, to Paris and now in their early 40s, Jesse and Celine are in sunny Greece where Jesse is trying too hard to be a cool dad. He sees off his son at the airport and obsesses over the bad rap he'll get from the boy's mother at the other end as it quickly becomes »
When Before Sunset was released in 2004, its co-writer and co-star Julie Delpy mused on the popularity of the two sublimely romantic movies she and Ethan Hawke had made with director Richard Linklater: "It's not like Star Wars, but in that small group of people, it really means something to them." Which is to say that, for that small group of people, among whom I loudly and proudly count myself, awaiting a new instalment of the Before trilogy (as it stands, for now) is in fact exactly like Star Wars, just without the lightsabers.
As one who made sure he knew exactly nothing about Before Midnight until the lights went down, I shall refrain from too much spoilerism. Suffice to say, the title presages »
- John Patterson
'My most unappealing habit? Flossing in the car'
Julie Delpy, 43, was raised in Paris, the daughter of avant-garde theatre actors. When she was 14, Jean-Luc Godard cast her in his movie Detective. In 1994, she starred in White, the second of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colours trilogy. She wrote, directed and starred in 2 Days In Paris in 2007 and 2 Days In New York in 2012. She is best known for playing Céline in the Before series of movies, which she co-writes with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. The latest, Before Midnight, is released on 21 June. She lives in Paris and Los Angeles.
When were you happiest?
When I am working on something I really like, or when I am alone with my son playing in the garden.
What is your earliest memory?
A dead fox that escaped the Louis Pasteur research centre for rabies study. I used to live next to the centre as a kid. »
- Rosanna Greenstreet
Man Of Steel (12A)
How to retell a story everyone has heard so many times before? By shuffling up Superman's origins myth, adopting a deadly earnest tone and chucking tons of money at it, apparently. The result is a Christ parable with a Transformers-sized appetite for destruction. Cavill is appropriately strapping but the tension between Earth and Krypton gets buried beneath the rubble.
Paradise: Love (18)
Wealthy white women's third-world sex tourism is hardly a nuanced subject (or a new one: see Laurent Cantet's Heading South) but Seidl brings it up to date and out in the open in this excruciating study of mutual exploitation. Tiesel plays a lonely, »
- Steve Rose
Down a crackling phone line, from his home in Austin, Texas, Richard Linklater – cult slacker icon, unerring romantic and one of Hollywood's earliest successful independent film-makers – is contemplating love. You would think he is a master of it, being the man behind Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, both full of hopeful, beautiful, naive romance. But, he says, things have changed. For Jesse and Celine, his two most famous protagonists, who met in 1995, reunited in 2004, and now, another nine years later in Before Midnight, find themselves married with twins, love is an entirely different beast. A "kind of brutal" beast. Almost 20 years after their first chance meeting, on a train bound for Vienna, young and free from battle scars, things have moved on. Now, in their 40s, is the love, »
- Francesca Babb
If you’re a cinephile living in New York City, the wealth of movie-going options and special events open to you is simply staggering, but not many of them ring up at the bargain price of free. One of those rare, literally priceless events? The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Summer Talks Series. This year’s series kicked off on May 16th with a Before Midnight talk, featuring Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke all in conversation on the final film in their beloved trilogy. Last week, the society played host to Sofia Coppola as she chatted about this week’s new release, The Bling Ring. The rest of the summer’s series has long been set to include talks with the talent of such films as Museum Hours, Fruitvale Station, Crystal Fairy, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and Drinking Buddies, but the society has now unveiled three additional talks, a »
- Kate Erbland
Head’s-up: It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and if you feel like getting a little teary with your celebrity news, Time magazine has got your back. The site, with a partnership from Lean In, got a bunch of famous Dads to write open letters to their daughters. The results are sad, happy, sweet, funny and — if you’re their daughters — probably just a little “Oh my Goddd, Daddd! You’re embarrassing me!”
Check out some of our favorite passages below, and you can read all the letters –– including some from politicos such as Michael Bloomberg and Marco Rubio – over on Time’s site. »
- Erin Strecker
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins
Release Date: June 14, 2013
Plot: We meet Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) nine years later in Greece. It’s been almost 20 years since the two met on a train bound for Vienna, and many things have changed in their lives.
Who’S It For? Anyone who craves authenticity in their characters. Obviously fans of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset should seek this film out, but should realize this is a little less fairy tale, and at times a little more uncomfortable.
I’ve decided to make this film review almost completely Spoiler Free. Even though we learn key details about Jesse and Celine about seven minutes into the film, I am not going to reveal them here. I’d rather you discover them on your own when watching this movie. I hope you still enjoy this review. »
- Jeff Bayer
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and director Richard Linklater took to Reddit this week to answer questions from fans and Redditors about their film Before Midnight. The trio didn't stop there; they also shed some light on the past and (possible!) future installments in the series. Did Jesse (Hawke) ever pay the bartender for his bottle of wine in Before Sunrise? Is there a manlier name than Ethan Hawke? What inspired Before Midnight's ending? Find these answers (and more) below. Reddit AMAs (Ask Me Anything) can be revealing, but often they're hard to sift through, so we did the sifting for you! Here are the most insightful and hilarious tidbits from the whole interview. On whether Jesse ever repaid the bar owner in Vienna for the bottle of wine: Ethan Hawke: Here's the vote: Julie says no. Rick says he would like to think so - he thought about it, »
- Maggie Pehanick
The premiere comes to Athens on Tuesday night, sandwiched between the storm clouds and the picket lines. Its future is uncertain, its schedule in flux. The government pulls the plug on state broadcaster Ert, which throws the press coverage into disarray. The forecast is for rain, necessitating a last-minute change of venue from outdoors to in. There are beggars on the street, protesters outside the parliament and a caterpillar of riot police closing in on Syntagma square. "Welcome to Greece," says film producer Amanda Livanou, overseeing the arrivals outside the theatre. "Greece is a mess."
- Xan Brooks
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater continue to make the rounds promoting their latest film, Before Midnight, as it exands its release this weekend. Following Hawke’s amusing Reddit Ama (“ask me anything”) last week tied to his indie thriller The Purge, he decided to come back and bring his Before collaborators with him.
Although they probably weren’t all sitting in the same room, hovering over a single computer, answering questions like “who is the most romantic?” (Answer: Julie), we’d prefer to imagine that the above photo is actually documenting the Reddit session. Regardless, the Before Midnight co-writers were their charming, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Tonight, Burn Notice reaches its 100th episode! In ”Forget Me Not,” Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) returns to Miami, but he is instructed to not talk to his friends. Instead he — along with his handler — observes them as they try to find the guy who, in the premiere, tricked Madeline (Sharon Gless) into revealing that Michael is working with the CIA.
“I think it’s a wonderful episode for the fans,” Donovan tells us. He calls the episode “very voyeuristic”– expect a lot of heart-leaping moments while Michael lovingly watches Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar)– and it was doubly so for him, given that he also directed it. »
- Sarah Caldwell
This Friday, Richard Linklater's long anticipated "Before Midnight" is set to expand nationwide (check the listings here), but before that you can chat with Linklater and his collaborators, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, via Reddit! Thursday at 11:45Am Est/8:45Am Pst, the trio will be here answering questions about "Midnight," which in case you've paid absolutely no attention to indie films in the past six months, brings Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy back into their roles of Jesse and Celine for the third time, following 1995's "Before Midnight" and 2004's "Before Sunset." »
- Peter Knegt
Three wonderful romance movies aren’t enough. That’s the only downside to Before Midnight, the third and best installment in the romance series from filmmaker Richard Linklater and the second movie to feature a screenplay co-written by stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Emotionally honest to the point of making you cringe about your own romantic history; sweet and lovely in all the right spots and smarter than eight hours of summer blockbuster viewing, Linklater’s latest movie is one of the year’s best releases. Hawke, Delpy and Linklater may not be the most productive team of movie-makers but they certainly deliver when it comes to storytelling. Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) are in Greece some nine years since we last saw them in 2004’s Before Sunrise »
Ethan Hawke is better known for his eclectic artistic tastes than his mainstream box-office successes. But the indie stalwart and Broadway veteran recently added a new dimension to his resume with his starring role in The Purge, a violent high-concept thriller that connected with moviegoers to become the weekend’s No. 1 movie. (What would Troy Dyer from Reality Bites think?)
In the latest twisted tale from producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity), Hawke plays a successful home-security-system salesman whose gated community wares are especially in-demand in the near future, when the government sanctions an annual cathartic “holiday” where citizens can murder and pillage with impunity. »
- Jeff Labrecque
French star, Julie Delpy, 43, of Before Midnight no longer dreads international flights. "My son gave me a froggie charm for good luck," says the mom to Leo, 4 (with composer boyfriend Marc Streitenfeld). "I keep it with me all the time." Also found inside her Isabel Marant carryall? No App for That "My iPhone's screen is totally smashed. I stepped on it with a pair of not-very-hard shoes, so I don't know why it broke." Frequent Flosser "I floss in my car. When I moved to America, my dentist called [...] »
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