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Before Midnight Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

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Following the events of Before Sunset, we flash forward nearly a decade later, where we see Jesse saying goodbye to his now-teenage son in the airport. His son is off to go home to Chicago for the school year, where he lives with Jesse's estranged ex-wife, whom Jesse left to be with Celine. Jesse and Celine, who now have twin children of their own, have spent the summer in Greece with friends. Celine is concerned about her career, which currently has no sense of direction, while Jesse is concerned about remaining in Europe far from his son. They dine with their friends in Greece for one last summer dinner, in which they talk about the nature of life and love. Their friends reveal they have chipped in and bought Jesse and Celine a hotel room, so that while their friends watch the twins, they can have one summer night in Europe alone to themselves in a romantic setting. They walk to the hotel, continuing to converse about love and their own relationship, but by the time they get to the hotel, tensions that were bubbling underneath the surface have started to boil over. They yell at each other about their fear that their relationship is doomed to end, with concerns about fidelity and the future. Celine storms in and out of the hotel room before eventually leaving for good, leaving Jesse to have to look for her in Greece to see if they can reconcile and make their marriage work.
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Best part of story, including ending: It's a terrific film that treats love and relationships with a maturity and a level-headedness that most romances are too scared to employ.

Best scene in story: The fight in the hotel room is at once full of hilarious one-liners, tearful revelations, and is ultimately a gut-wrenching setpiece. We are concerned that, even though they love each other, that it may not be enough.

Opinion about the main character: Jesse cares deeply about his son, he loves his wife very much, he is devoted to her, and he is unflinchingly honest.

The review of this Movie prepared by R.W. Hainline a Level 29 Superb Fruit-Dove scholar

Script Analysis of Before Midnight

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   marriage going to pieces

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Greece Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   seeing breasts Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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