‘Before Midnight’ Trailer: ‘This Is 40′ Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

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Filmmaker Richard Linklater introduced arthouse and indie movie audiences to a boyish American tourist named Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and forward-thinking French woman named Celine (Julie Delpy) in his acclaimed 1995 ‘romance’ flick Before Sunrise, then continued their story in real-time nine years later with Before Sunset – and this year, will finish (?) their continuing saga about finding love in modern times, with Before Midnight.

Linklater, Hawke and Delpy quietly (or secretly, if you prefer) shot Before Midnight overseas in Greece last summer, before the rest of the world found out about what they were up to. The film, like Sunset, picks up nine years after the last time we saw Hawke and Delpy playing lovers from opposite sides of the pond, who are now living a life together (with kids) and handling the challenges of middle-age – which includes the struggle to keep that romantic spark between them alive.

So, yeah, as I jokingly (emphasis on jokingly, folks) put it in this article’s title: you can think of this as the ‘This Is 40‘ installment in the Before… trilogy.

before midnight trailer Before Midnight Trailer: This Is 40 Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

Jokes aside, those who’ve been waiting 18 years to see what eventually happens to Jesse and Celine after their first whirlwind day spent together, should find Before Midnight to be a gratifying viewing experience; not to mention, more than a little bittersweet (Hawke called it “ferocious” during our interview with him), when it comes to how this film addresses the realities of those characters’ relationship.

Similarly, it’ll be interesting to see how much (or, rather, how little) Linklater changes his directing approach, with respect to the realism he favored on previous installments (long-take sequences, natural dialogue, etc.). Writing credit once again belongs to Linklater, Hawke and Delpy, which means Before Midnight should be consistent with Sunrise and Sunset – by continuing that personal interpretation of how Jesse and Celine change (or not) over time.

Before Midnight opens in theaters on May 24th, 2013.

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  1. I’m very looking forward to this. I liked that previous two films were never generally a ‘romances’ and the filmmakers knew that. It was just the reality of two people who may or may not be in love (but are still wildly fond of each other’s company), and it was always displayed their relationship in such a realistic and no sugar coated way.

  2. Welp, now I gotta finally see the first two.

  3. Before Sunset is the Empire Strikes Back of romances.

  4. I loved the first two , so I’m interested in seeing part 3.

  5. I watched both of the previous movies by myself at around 3 or 4 in the morning and although I enjoyed them, I’ve never revisited them. I didn’t plan it that way, it’s just that when I’m up all night and can’t sleep, these are the kind of movies I’m inclined to watch. Something about being on stuck on the verge of the sleep makes certain experiences more ephemeral.

    As eager as I am to see how this relationship continues, I think I’ll wait until I can recreate this tradition.

  6. In Waking Life, there was a scene involving these characters, voiced by Hawke and Delpy. In retrospect the continuity was broken when Before Sunset was released.

  7. Personally, I can’t wait for this one to come out. I just happened to catch Before Sunrise on Encore 2 or 3 years ago and instantly fell in love w/ it. I’d never seen a film quite like it. I loved the variety of conversations and disagreements they have. The body language and the way they responded to each other was very refreshing. Then I found out about Before Sunset which I wound up loving just as much for a lot of the same reasons. I thought that was going to be the last one but much to my absolute delight they made another one! I’m really hoping that it’s not just going to have a limited release.