“Before Midnight” is a sweet-spirited and beautifully-written movie. It helps if you have seen the two prequels, “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”, but “Midnight” stands alone.
It follows the relationship of American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and French Celine (Julie Delpy) and is a joyful and bittersweet look at the progress of the couple, over the years.
Set in gorgeous locations in and around Kalamata in Greece, the supporting cast are all terrific and unknown, to me.
It’s a smart and sassy romcom with a great deal of conversation between the two leads who continue to share the same on-screen chemistry that was so charming in the first two movies.
Co-written by Director Richard Linklater, Hawke and Delpy, it’s all very intimate, in the best possible way. There’s an early scene about the effects of divorce on children that is touching yet not mawkish.
Everyone at Stratford Picturehouse laughed and sighed. In an era of flashy big effects in movies, it’s nice to see a quiet and intelligent film, led by two charismatic stars.