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Another nine years after Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) had a second rendezvous in France, the once young romantics are now in their 40s, have a home in Paris, but are currently on vacation with their twin daughters in Greece. Jesse has just dropped off his 14-year old son Hank at the airport to fly back home to Chicago where his mother lives, and the conversation that sparks between the onscreen couple is all too familiar. Rich, extensive banter, flawless chemistry and a relationship that feels all too real unfolds in just two singular shots that cover 25 minutes of time. From playful couple insults that turn into serious discussions about marriage to amusingly questionable parenting, the film feels familiar, but still new and it’s like we never left these characters dormant for nine years.

The dynamic between Hawke and Delpy has only improved over the years what was already spectacular, and their real age enhances the natural state of their relationship. It’s not hard to imagine that these two have had similar conversations with their real-life spouses, and that’s what makes this hit so close to home. Whether you had married parents or now have your own kids and deal with the trials and tribulations of being married with a family, this film is real. It’s a raw departure from the whisical romance that blossomed in Before Sunrise, and a logical progression of two estranged former lovers in Before Sunset who are now spending their lives together. Hawke and Delpy are easily the most phenomenal onscreen couple ever.

Before Midnight - Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

Read more reviews from Ethan Anderton here http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/sundance-13-before-midnight-is-endearing-genuine-and-just-perfect/

 

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