Sony Pictures Classics has released an official trailer for director Richard Linklater's highly anticipated new film Before Midnight (2013), starring Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick. The film is set to open in New York City and Los Angeles on May 24th.
Before Midnight reunites Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) nine years after they met in Before Sunset. Now they are in their 40s and meet in Greece.
Note: The rights for the previous two films, Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), are controlled by Warner Brothers. In the United States, the two films are available only on DVD. See our listings here and here.
I'm so glad to be alive as a cinema buff to witness this unique and continuing saga of Jesse and Celine. Whatever else Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy may do in their career, I'll always be grateful to them for these two exquisitely appealing characters. And of course kudos to Richard Linklater, the mad genius behind it all. Haven't seen the film yet and I'm already gushing.
What always fascinated me about the first two films is how european they managed to be, made by an american director.
That they were only two people wanting to be together and there was a sour kind of tragic realism around their beautiful romance.
I hope that the last film will also maintain this special european flavor and they don't necessarily want to have a hollywood happy ending because that's not what the Before-films are about. They are true european cult classics, films about love, youth and longing. Hope they won't make the mistake of ending the trilogy in an american corn syrup way.
Where are the first two films on BD? Warner needs to step it up. These are cult classics and would definitely sell. A double-feature disc would be fine. Each film is short. Slap a couple of commentary tracks on there and call it a day. The second has some wonderful cinematography with the beautiful Paris locations... a shame not to have it in HD.
The trailer seemed a little bland for those not familiar with the series. That's not the worst thing -- these aren't films that the trailers are really able to sell... (though the Before Sunset trailer was fantastic with the use of Ivy's "Edge of the Ocean") because so much is wrapped up in the skillful dialogue and the subtleties of the performances throughout the length of the film. They are nearly impossible to explain to people why they're so goo -- "It's like two people walking around and talking -- but it's phenomenal... they actually have conversation you'd want to eavesdrop in on."
I wonder if this trailer may alarm some fans, because it does seem to be marketing Before Midnight as just another ho-hum hollywood romantic comedy -- thus the blandness that mayorofsmpleton alludes to. Hopefully, the movie won't be anything like that. I have to believe that Linklater and company are much too intelligent in their craft to let the film sink into "american corn syrup" as rpistus ably put it.