The story: Celine’s (Julie Delpy) and Jesse’s (Ethan Hawke) summer vacation is coming to an end. Soon they will have to swap idyllic Greece for everyday life in Paris. During a tense last evening in a luxury seaside hotel, emotions run high and Celine and Jesse are forced to take stock of their relationship.
In 1995, filmmaker Richard Linklater embarked on a modest film project that has unexpectedly grown into a genuine trilogy. Each spaced nine years apart, the three films – see also Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) – follow the relationship between the American Jesse and French Celine, from first encounter to flirtation, love, relationship and children. If you missed the earlier parts of this longitudinal study, don’t worry – the start of Before Midnight tells you everything you need to know about Celine and Jesse as of 2013.
The verdict according to Mark Vluggen: The final scene at the hotel should be made compulsory material in the Theatre Academy curriculum. If only it were 2022 already.