2013. USA. Richard Linklater. 109 min.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2013. USA. Directed by Richard Linklater. Eighteen years after their fateful romantic encounter on a Vienna-bound train, Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) are living in Paris with twin daughters. A summer in Greece is an occasion for soul-searching conversation—comic, tender, resigned, fractious, uncertain—bringing Linklater’s Before Trilogy of love (and other responsibilities) to an immensely satisfying and moving conclusion. “Mr. Linklater’s shooting style is so graceful and unobtrusive, and Mr. Hawke and Ms. Delpy inhabit their characters with such conviction, that the challenge and originality of the movies are easy to overlook…. Before Midnight is a wonderful paradox: a movie passionately committed to the ideal of imperfection that is itself very close to perfect” (A. O. Scott, The New York Times). (Before Sunrise, the first film in the trilogy, will be screened early next year in the MoMA exhibition Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. 109 min.