The search for a happy ending continues in Before Midnight
21 June 2013
1995’s Before Sunrise saw Celine and Jesse, played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, meet on a train to Vienna as they were both travelling across Europe. With minimal plot, the characters walk around Vienna and discuss their lives and views on love, romance, and relationships. 2004’s Before Sunset picks up their story nine years later as they meet again in Paris after Jesse has written a bestselling book about their one night in Vienna.
Fast forward to 2013 and Before Midnight, Celine and Jesse are married with children at the end of a summer holiday in Greece. 18 years on from their romantic, hopeful and exciting first meeting in Vienna, ‘their delight in each other has curdled somewhat’. Linklater describes Before Midnight as being ‘different in that it concerns the problems that stem from being connected. It's about being tethered, feeling trapped.’
Celine and Jesse argue, insult each other and moan about ‘what they've done to one another’ over the years, however Ethan Hawke still sees the film as hopeful and positive, 'The first film is about what could be, The second is about what should have been. Before Midnight is about what it is.'
The first movie in the series was created with a very low budget and was unsuccessful at the box office when it was released but it began to attain a cult following as word of mouth spread and the film was released on VHS. It is now regarded as a key film in the history of American independent cinema with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 77 on MetaCritic.
Before Midnight has been described as being ‘as good as, if not better than, its predecessors’ by The Independent, with The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw giving the film 5 stars and calling the film ‘intimate and intelligent, and acted with charm and lack of ego’.
Tickets for Before Midnight are available now online, from the Box Office and by phone on 0871 902 5737.
On Sunday 11 August, we are showing a double bill of the original two films and tickets are on sale now here.