Austin based director Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight feature film that screened at the SXSW Film Festival this year in March, will now have a theatrical release May 24th and it arrives with fanfare for the general public as the film leads, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, were in town for a special fundraiser for the Austin Film Festival on the eve of the release.
I saw the film during SXSW, but I was prepared to view it all over again this month and participated in the very special one of a kind opportunity to view all three of Linklater’s films in one day. Only in Austin! I loved Before Midnight all by itself and it is very well written by Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy so that it is capable of standing on its own for audiences to enjoy. Even if someone has not seen Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, or it has been quite a while since someone has viewed those two films, the script for Before Midnight is very appealing and the cast’s impressive performances make this a very pleasant film to view.
It is great to follow Celine (Delpy) and Jesse (Hawke) over the years; first in Before Sunrise when they are in their 20s, then into their 30s for Before Sunset, and Before Midnight captures the reality of life at 41 as they are now married with children and careers. Jesse knows the character that Celine is, but loves her as she is. I am extremely impressed with Delpy’s performance of the character that can be loving and can also be someone that might send the viewer running from the theater with all her drama. At least I felt like it during the scene when Jesse and Celine are having some time away as a couple and the conversation goes down in flames in a hurry.
This film is rated R for the adult scenes. This is a well made film that I cannot say enough about, especially with the beautiful cinematography with scenes in Greece.
Catch this film at the Violet Crown Cinema in Austin, the perfect theater for a perfect film.
Source: Sony Pictures Classics