In 1995, Richard Linklater’s romantic indie drama Before Sunrise was released. Starring then-twenty-somethings Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as Jesse and Celine—two people who meet on a train in Europe and spend an evening together in Vienna—it didn’t seem like the kind of film that would spawn, nine years later, a sequel: the bittersweet Before Sunset. And now, another nine years later, comes a third film in the “Before” series: Before Midnight. Like Sunset, this one was penned by Linklater, Hawke and Delpy — and based on early buzz and reviews from Sundance, Midnight sounds all kinds of perfect.
Before Midnight is scheduled to be released in theaters in the U.S. on May 24. If you have never heard of the “Before” films, love little indies and don’t mind your films on the “talky” side, then you have plenty of time to check out Sunrise and Sunset. I never would have thought I’d be following this couple from their 20s, to their 30s and now on to their 40s when I first saw Before Sunrise in the 1990s, but I look forward to seeing what happens next in their relationship in Midnight.
Check out the trailer for Before Midnight here:
And the trailers for Before Sunrise…
…and Before Sunset:
About Before Midnight:
We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece – almost 20 years has passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.