“BEFORE MIDNIGHT is the rare cinematic achievement that implicates alert viewers in its mission to understand the mysteries of intimate connections. With BEFORE MIDNIGHT, Richard Linklater has completed one of the finest movie trilogies of all time. Nearly 20 years have passed since Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) met on a train in Vienna and spent a passionate night together in BEFORE SUNRISE then abruptly parted ways, only to tentatively pick up where they left off nine years later with BEFORE SUNSET.” That movie ended without resolving a tantalizing possibility: Would Jesse, now a successful writer stuck in a dead-end marriage, truly miss his flight back home and spend more quality time with Céline? BEFORE MIDNIGHT answers that question while asking many more, consolidating the full power of the earlier movies into a masterful treatise on the evolution of romance. The simple answer is yes: Jesse missed his plane. Nearly a decade later, he’s still dealing with the aftermath. But nothing is ever simple with these movies, least of all the fate of its characters.”—IndieWire. R. 108 Min.
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