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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.


Richard Linklater
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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 (as Athiná-Rachél Tsangári)
Panos Koronis ... Stefanos
Enrico Focardi Enrico Focardi ... Child
Manolis Goussias Manolis Goussias ... Child
Anouk Servera Anouk Servera ... Child
Yota Argyropoulou ... Hotel Clerk


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everything's better with maturity


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The bottle of wine the characters open in their hotel room is "1827" from Navarino Vineyards. While indeed a Peloponnesian wine, both 18 & 27 are multiples of 9, an allusion to the years between films. See more »


When Jesse and Celine are watching the sunset, there is no sunlight on their faces. See more »


Nina: Like sunlight, sunset, we appear, we disappear. We are so important to some, but we are just passing through.
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O Antonis o kekes
Music & Lyrics by Nikos Kalogeropoulos
Performed by Nikos Kalogeropoulos
From the CD 'Alogomyges'
Courtesy of Nikos Kalogeropoulos
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Liked It the Least of the Three
25 October 2013 | by larrys3See all my reviews

I liked the first two films of these interconnected movies "Before Sunrise"(1995) and "Before Sunset"(2004). I've always liked Ethan Hawke's acting and I thought the scripts were full of life and fresh dialog. I felt that way for maybe 1/2 of this latest film and then, for me, it just deteriorated into one long argument between the two protagonists, often accompanied by vicious barbs and personal verbal attacks. I thought for a moment I was back watching "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", from decades before.

It was not entertaining for me to watch Jesse(Hawke) and Celine(Julie Delpy) try to win this argument by throwing out all the stereotypes, generalizations, and platitudes that you might find in "Men Are From Mars-Women Are From Venus". They've been together now for many years, and the parents of twin girls Ella and Nina. Jesse is divorced and his son Henry is just leaving Jesse to head back to the States where he lives with his mother. They've all been vacationing in beautiful Greece for the summer.

As mentioned, why ruin all the positives of the first two films and half of this one with all this mean spiritedness?

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Release Date:

14 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Before Sunset Sequel See more »

Filming Locations:

Kardamyli, Messinia, Greece See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$246,914, 26 May 2013

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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