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Before Midnight (2013)

R | | Drama, Romance | 14 June 2013 (USA)
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We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

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Richard Linklater
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Jesse
Julie Delpy ... Celine
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick ... Hank
Jennifer Prior Jennifer Prior ... Ella
Charlotte Prior ... Nina
Xenia Kalogeropoulou Xenia Kalogeropoulou ... Natalia
Walter Lassally ... Patrick
Ariane Labed ... Anna
Yiannis Papadopoulos ... Achilleas (as Yannis Papadopoulos)
Athina Rachel Tsangari ... Ariadni
Panos Koronis ... Stefanos
Enrico Focardi Enrico Focardi ... Child
Manolis Goussias Manolis Goussias ... Child
Anouk Servera Anouk Servera ... Child
Yota Argyropoulou ... Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

It has been nine years since we last met Jesse and Celine, the French-American couple who once met on a train in Vienna. They now live in Paris with twin daughters, but have spent a summer in Greece on the invitation of an author colleague of Jesse's. When the vacation is over and Jesse must send his teenage son off to the States, he begins to question his life decisions, and his relationship with Celine is at risk. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Everything's better with maturity

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Greece

Language:

English | Greek | French

Release Date:

14 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Before Sunset Sequel See more »

Filming Locations:

Kardamyli, Messinia, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$246,914, 26 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,114,627

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,380,979
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Like the previous films of the trilogy, the film includes reference to James Joyce: When Céline recalls a black-and-white film from her teenage years which had a powerful impact on her, particularly a scene in which a couple visit Pompeii and see the bodies mummified by the volcanic explosion. She doesn't name the film, but it is Journey to Italy (1954) which is loosely based on James Joyce's short story, 'The Dead'. See more »

Goofs

Jesse's hair style changed when he and Celine are in the hotel room. The hair style is back to the previous style again when they sit outside. See more »

Quotes

Celine: I feel close to you.
Jesse: Yeah?
Celine: But sometimes, I don't know? I feel like you're breathing helium and I'm breathing oxygen.
Jesse: [high pitched voice] What makes you say that?
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Connections

Referenced in AniMat's Classic Reviews: A Scanner Darkly (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Stou Mema ta traina
Music & Lyrics by Nikos Kalogeropoulos
Performed by Panayiotis Antellis
From the CD 'Alogomyges'
Courtesy of Nikos Kalogeropoulos
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Before Midnight
18 July 2016 | by mmaggianoSee all my reviews

Before Midnight is the third of three movies, shot about a decade apart each, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as lovers with a very push-pull dynamic. It's not necessary to see the first two movies to follow Before Midnight. The movie features long takes (sometimes not cutting for 10 minutes at a time) the story takes place over a day, and dialogue and naturalistic acting are paramount. There's a complexity to their characters and relationship that refuses to fully romanticize or demonize them. It's something of a realist romance in (deliberate) contrast the beautiful settings. Careful viewers will notice a handful of ironies that ground the romance in reality. I won't give examples here, or go into the details that keep me from giving this a 9 or 10 as many critics do. The movie is the proverbial breath of fresh air, though. I'd say that the main weakness of the movie stems from its strengths, in that when artists set out to make something so true to human nature (as opposed to fluffier rom coms or Nicholas Sparks movies) it's easy to hear the (few) false notes that are played. There are very few; and unless you're jonesing for a mere-nonsense 'entertainment' movie, this movie should appeal to practically anyone.


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