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“Before Midnight” by Richard Linklater (2013)

A third to the trilogy with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Probably this is the last one, but who knows?
Woody Allenesque – in the sense that there is tons of talking and dialogue on life, literature, sex and relativity.
Some say this is the best one, but I think each one of them got made in different times and therefore none of them can get better than the other. Each of the three (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, now Before Midnight) shows two same characters, who are somehow different as one would be within two decades.
The fascinating story of two lovers, who met on a train, is carried on. Now they have kids, and still lead more or less disturbing disputes about time travelling, time, the magic of machoism and feminism.
As before – this is a peaceful atmosphere, great cinematography, close-ups and great melancholic entertainment.


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Before Sunset by Richard Linklater

The lovely sequel to the one set in Vienna – Before Sunrise.

The action opens 9 years after the events of the original film. Same actors, only Vienna is replaced by Paris.

Ethan Hawke’s character wrote a book inspired by the Vienna night and comes to Paris to promote it. Celine pops in to the bookshop and they set on a walk. Turns out the French girl did not make it to their appointment at the railstation as they had agreed as she had her grandma’s funeral to go to. Jesse did wait for about 3 days wandering around but finally gave up. At present he is married and has a daughter.

They walk throughout Paris, take on a boat to finally end up in Celine’s flat listening to Nina Simone. A lovely story beautifully lit by the afternoon sunshine. Another film happening respecting the classical rules of the unity of action  time and place.

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Before Sunrise by Richard Linklater (1995)

Featuring young Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, the film tells a story of two people meeting on a train in Europe. Celine is French, studies in Paris and returns from a visit to her grandma in Budapest. Jesse is American and has a plane to catch from Vienna to return to the US after a tour of Europe. Having enjoyed a conversation  for a few hours, Jesse suggests that Celine joins him in spending a night in Vienna – walking around town and exploring its hidden gems. He could not afford to lodge in a hotel anyway and that was his concept for the night anyway. Celine agrees and the whole film closes within 24 hrs. They say their farewells on the rail station, where Celine boards the first morning train to Paris. They decide not to exchange any contact details but instead agree to meet at the same place in 6 months time.

It is a very warm story which gains a lot thanks to its sequel.

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