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Friday, March 29, 2013

Are Celine and Jesse Going Through a Mid-Marriage Crisis in BEFORE MIDNIGHT?

At least that is what's eluded to in the stars' latest romantic romp, BEFORE MIDNIGHT. It's been 18 years since star-crossed lovers Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) first met on a Vienna train in Before Sunrise, and now, two movies and two children later, it looks like the couple's chance love may be on the rocks.

But if you've seen either of the previous movies in the trilogy (including Before Sunset, the second in the series), you can probably guess that before things really hit the fan the two will engage in a very heavy and pensive dialogue about their lives, hopes, dreams and ideals. While I've only seen Before Sunrise, that was my overall perception of the story as the two characters quickly bounced from one topic to another. Writer/director of the series Richard Linklater (Oscar-nominated along with Delpy and Hawke for writing Before Sunset) has a unique ability to capture light conversation between two people that has a much deeper meaning, but I never quite got to to know them individually aside from what they felt about various things.

Perhaps Before Sunset explored that a little more ( I'm told it did), so I plan to see that before I check out the BEFORE MIDNIGHT, which has been taking the festivals by storm this year. I think everyone really wants to know how the two will finally end up. From what I can tell by the new trailer, it seems like Celine has become insecure about Jesse's love for her, and Jesse may have reached a plateau with his own feelings.

It probably doesn't help that Hawke looks the same age he did in Reality Bites 19 years ago, while Delpy looks a bit more haggard (though she manages to keep that lively, whimsical appeal about her). Celine even mentions in the clip, "I'm married to an American teenager."

Here's a recap of the synopsis from my original Sundance post:

We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.

I'm excited to watch the transgression in their story, which has really captured a cult following all these years. BEFORE MIDNIGHT opens in theaters May 24th.


Daniel said...

Before Sunrise is one those films that really stuck with me as a teenager when I saw it, have been meaning to see Before Sunset for the longest time. I may do a triple header since the wife has never seen the first film.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

I loved this trailer for Before Midnight so much it made me watch Before Sunset for first time. I was so surprised at how drawn in I was to the dialogue that was shot in long tracking shots. Longest one was 11 minutes. Also going to re-watch Before Sunrise. Very eager to see Before Midnight!

iluvcinema said...

I has the pleasure of seeing this this past weekend (review coming soon, I hope). And I saw it trailer-unseen which made elements of the story even more revealing and fun to watch!

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