Nine years after Before Sunset, their highly-regarded sequel to Before Sunrise, director Richard Linklater reteams with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, which finds their characters together raising twin daughters. Jesse (Hawke) attempts to maintain a relationship with Hank, his teenage son from his first marriage, but their bond is strained even though Hank has just spent the summer with his dad and step-family. Meanwhile, Celine (Delpy) must make a difficult decision about her career. As with Before Sunset, Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy share credit for the screenplay. Before Midnight screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival as well as the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.~Perry Seibert
Commentary with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater
Revisiting Jesse & Céline
Q&A with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater
Athina Rachel TsangariAriadni
Christos V. KonstantakopoulosProducer
Graham ReynoldsComposer (Music Score)
Athina Rachel TsangariCo-producer
Vince Palmo Jr.Co-producer
Jacob PechenikExecutive Producer
John SlossExecutive Producer
Liz GlotzerExecutive Producer
Martin ShaferExecutive Producer
Anna GeorgiadouSet Designer
Vince Palmo Jr.First Assistant Director
Kim KrizanCharacter(s) created by
Richard LinklaterCharacter(s) created by
Domestic Comedy,Marriage Drama
Year of Release
DVD, Includes Digital Copy
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
Before Midnight [Includes Digital Copy] [DVD] 
Concluding the story that began with Before Sunrise and was continued in Before Sunset, Richard Linklater's Before Midnight offers an uncharacteristically honest portrayal of a long running relationship. Ethan Hawke best summed up Linklater's trilogy by saying that Before Sunrise is a film about what might be, Before Sunset is a film about what could or should be, and Before Midnight as a film about what is. The storybook romance has long since passed between Celine (Deply) and Jesse (Hawke) leaving the trials and strains of day to day living to test the extraordinary romance built in the previous two films. Entirely dialog driven, Before Midnight's kicks off with Jesse bidding his son from his previous marriage farewell after staying the summer with him and Celine. A long bittersweet farewell kicks off a series of events that threatens to crush Jesse and Celine's marriage. The film brilliantly takes the innocent musings of Jesse and lets them slowly build into a very real and, at times, ugly conflict. Both characters are sympathetic in their own way, Jesse wants to ensure he is involved with his son and Celine wants to maintain the career that she has worked so hard to build. The film is entirely dialog driven so those who require action will find the musings of the characters tedious. Linklater's camera captures the beauty of Greece while his characters tick away like time bombs and this blu ray offers an impeccable image and sound. Extras are substantial in quality but quantity is limited. This is truly one of 2013's best and possibly most overlooked films.
Don't start here. Go back and watch the first two films. And be prepared to stay focused. Put the kids to bed. Turn off the cell phone and the lights.
I fell in love with Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise" way back in 1995 at a local Cineplex. The stroll in Vienna, and conversation contained within during that walk reminded me of part I loved of my college years. I didn't expect or see the 2004 follow-up, "Before Sunset," until it hit DVD. Again, I didn't anticipate the release of "Before Midnight." In both cases, the director and cast delivered fantastic films.
We can all debate how we'd like the story of Jesse and Céline to progress. These films are simply a day in the life, and this approach to filmmaking seems to set Linklater apart from so many of his modern-day peers. Check out his second film, "Dazed and Confused" for another example of "a day in the life."
He's taken it to the next level with his latest, "Boyhood," certainly a strong candidate for Oscar consideration this year, and another great film.
While I have no idea if there will be another entry to the "Midnight" series, I do hope so. I've enjoyed, and revisited these films multiple times in the past. I hope you will as well.
Solid finish to the Richard Linklater "Before" series. This is a very satisfying conclusion to the story of Jesse and Celine. In a series of movies, especially one like this that walks the well-trodden path of couples relationships, it's easy to become self-indulgent and campy. This trilogy manages to tell a very believable and touching story of exploration and trust, hope and disappointment and the difficulty of just trying to be with someone. Before Midnight finishes this story in a way that brings satisfying closure without stroking it with an unrealistic Disney ending. Very much enjoyed the ride.
Jesse + Celine forever. Since first meeting them on a train in Vienna, I have loved watching them together in small windows of time in 9-year spurts. This film was a very realistic portrayal of a long-term relationship and is possibly the best of the three films so far. The starry-eyed twenty-somethings are grown up and some of the electricity is gone, but the spark is still there. I can't wait to see them again in another 9 years.
Great American auteur director Richard Linklater, who gave us Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, and Slacker, among others, gives us his third part of the "Before" trilogy. Following Before Sunset and Before Midnight, Before Sunrise continues the story of a couple's growing and changing relationship. A truly, wonderful film experience!
As I’d expected it probably would be, BEFORE MIDNIGHT was my favorite film of 2013. I’d already been a big fan of the previous 2 films in the trilogy BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET (see them if you haven’t already, but sadly they’re only on dvd so far, no Blu-ray release yet) and I’d heard that the 3rd film was the best one yet (how many times can you say that about the 3rd film in a series?). While the first film was about Jesse and Celine’s meeting on a train and subsequent night spent walking the streets of Vienna getting to know each other and the 2nd film detailed their meeting again 9 years later in Paris while he was on a book tour, the 3rd film visits them another 9 years later when they are a couple with 2 children vacationing in Athens, right after his son from a previous marriage has just gotten on a plane to return to America. Once again, the story takes place over the course of one day, but this time we see them not during a period of courtship, but as an established couple that has real problems to deal with and enough knowledge of each other that they can get petty and even hurtful in the course of an argument. The best part of the film is an extended argument they have that waxes and wanes and threatens to damage their relationship. This is the best written film of the year and a great, more realistic look at relationships instead of the idiotic, implausible drivel we’re usually subjected to as an audience with typical Hollywood romantic comedies and melodramas. This is a breath of fresh air for anyone tired of the ridiculously formulaic movies we’re often subjected to in the genre.
Being a new movie, the Blu-ray transfer looks beautiful as expected. Professional reviewers have described the picture as flawless.
The only other smart movie about relationships that came out in 2013 that I can think of are HER (basic premise sounded stupid, but it surprised me), THE SPECTACULAR NOW (a thoughtful film on the difficulties of youthful mistakes), and ENOUGH SAID (James Gandolfini).
Such a true romantic film. I just love this trilogy so much. My heart is in a little puddle in the room after I watched all of these movies. It honestly dosn't feel like a movie, and that's just amazing to me.