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Midnight (7 /10)
the third in a series of films directed by Richard Linklater, who also
wrote with help from costars Julie Delpy (Celine) and Ethan Hawke
(Jesse). In the first two, Before Sunrise (1995) and
Sunset (2004), Celine and Jesse meet, have a one night stand, and
depart, in the former (apparently semi-autobiographical based on
Linklater’s experiences), and get reacquainted and have another affair
in the latter. Hawke’s wife and son are referred to without any negative
meet them after Jesse has divorced his wife and moved in with Celine. In
this one they castigate Jesse’s unknown and unseen wife as a drunken
shrew, apparently as a justification for Jesse’s callous infidelity to
his uncharacterized wife in the prior two films. They have two daughters
and are in a car driving to a Greek vacation. The first hour borders on
the excruciating. The first 20 minutes, after Jesse says goodbye to his
son in the airport sending him back to his mother, consists of a two
shot of Jesse and Celine driving to a party at Costa Navarino, a resort
in Messenia, which is where the film was shot. This scene goes on almost
forever with only one cut that I saw, which means that the actors had to
remember multiple pages of dialogue. That must have been extremely
difficult considering the banality of what was scripted. And although
some may think this was ad libbed, it wasn't.
they get to the resort and the gathering with their friends and the next
half-hour consists of a dinner table conversation among the friends.
These conversations are so pseudo-sophisticatedly contrived it tends to
make one want to bolt from the theater. One of my main criticisms of
Before Sunset was the dialogue that seemed so intricately calculated
instead of spontaneous, and that hasn’t changed.
Jesse and Celine walk to a hotel room (in another long two shot that
seems to last interminably) that one of the couples has donated to them
for a romantic night, the film comes to life. Once they get into the
hotel room and start their romantic interlude, the dialogue is
acute, sharp and biting, reminiscent of Who’s Afraid of Virginia
Woolf (1966), although more realistic and not alcohol-driven. The
dialogue is Oscar®-quality. It was worth sitting through the
disillusioning first hour to enjoy the final 40 minutes, not to mention
at least 10 minutes of Delpy emoting topless.