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Tanya Khoury: A mature romance
October 11, 2013
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Richard Linklater comes back from his nine-year hiatus to complete the ‘Before’ series. Before Sunrise was when we first met Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine(Julie Delpy) and it was the perfect love story between two youngens just starting out, this was back in 1995. Nine years after that in 2004 they resurface in Before Sunset and it is a more mature story, they are both adults and the dialogue is different, it is still a love story, just a more complicated one. In 2013 we are back on with Before Midnight and this time around you can tell how time takes a toll on people and their feelings, how conversations develop to week-long discussions and what not. I was a huge fan from the start so to say I was ecstatic when the movie came out would be an understatement.

There is something about the way these films are done. I don’t know whether it is the fact  that the film looks like it was all shot in one day, there is no break in conversation or a jump into another sub scene, it is all very consistent. Or is it the fact that the writing is spot on, Jesse and Celine feel like such a natural couple on screen it is difficult to separate the notion that off screen they are not. The chemistry is the kind of chemistry that you find between two people that have known each other for so many years that it no longer feels like acting, the camera isn’t even there, this is a conversation that just so happened to last 109 minutes.

The thing about this third instalment though is that you cannot randomly go in and watch it if you haven’t seen the first two. I mean, you can but you will not really feel the full grasp of who these characters are and how much they have grown. In each movie you can relate to a certain age group and the troubles and emotions that go with that. Therefore it would make a lot more sense if you had seen those characters grow on screen, it makes for a better movie experience.

I shall not spoil it for the fans and tell you what has happened between Jesse and Celine but I will say that this film is most definitely becoming my favourite of the three; it just feels a lot more sophisticated than the last two, and just like with all relationships as the years pile on it becomes more and more focused on the individual personalities. Linklater focuses on this more in this movie, it also helps that the filming took place in the beautiful island of Kardamyli, Messinia, Greece. The backdrop is stunning and in so many scenes it fits perfectly with the tone of the dialogue that takes place.

Sadly, I would like to point out that like the other two instalments, it will be lost in the number of movies that are released every month, only a few will get to see this film in this part of the world and that would most probably be at home and not in the theatre. It is a true shame because these kinds of ‘indie’ titles are not to be missed, they are very relevant and although not filled with too much action, they tackle the one thing that almost everyone likes to avoid when things get tough: emotions. Go see it if you have a chance to and please watch the previous ones, I promise it is not your run-of-the-mill cheesy romcom. 8.5/10

 
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