Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and its follow-up, Before Sunset, are two of indie cinema’s best-loved gems. Set in real-time and following Jesse and Celine as they simply wander about Paris and talk (played wonderfully by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delby), these movies have accumulated a cult following over recent years – and deservedly so.
Both Sunrise and Sunset are intimate, honest touching and life-affirming pictures – not to mention romantic and highly realistic. Now the third – and presumably final – chapter in the series, Before Midnight, has just made its debut at Sundance. Is this a film to cap the series off as a perfect trilogy? How does it continue a story which seemed to be so perfectly wrapped up already? Here’s what the critics have had to say thus far.
In his largely positive review for the Hollywood Reporter, John DeFore said:
“Though this stage is harder to watch, »
- T.J. Barnard
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