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New images from Before Midnight, the third chapter of Richard Linklater's "Before" series, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

Jan. 21, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Probably one of the most-anticipated indie-sequels in recent memory, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, the third chapter in director Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy, recently played at Sundance, receiving strong reviews and a confirmation that the magic is still there, if not more so.  Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as a couple who have had an on/off long-distance romance since first meeting on a train in the first film, BEFORE SUNRISE, and later after meeting up nearly a decade after that in BEFORE SUNSET, the pair are back to their bantering ways again with BEFORE MIDNIGHT, which picks up nine years after the last film and answers the question of that film's cliffhanger ending.

Without spoiling the details, you can count on the usual back-and-forth between Hawke and Delpy, who are so brilliantly convincing in their respective roles as Jessie and Celine, the conflicted lovers who are chock full of passion for one another.  Their dialogue leads to both infuriating and romantic emotions, which is the most compelling aspect of the series as it's instantly relative to anyone whose weathered the storm of a relationship.  That connection is the real strength of the BEFORE series and I can't wait to go down that road with Jessie and Celine again. To up the ante of your anticipation, we have some new pics from the film.

Take a look:

BEFORE MIDNIGHT is currently screening at Sundance and will likely lead to a distribution deal and release date, sometime in 2013. 

Extra Tidbit: If you've never seen Before Sunrise or Before Sunset, I highly recommend you to take the plunge. Some of the most honest and engaging portraits of the complexity of relationships I've ever seen. Funny, infuriating, and even heartwarming.
Source: Indiewire

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12:10PM on 01/21/2013
Cannot wait to see this. They are so great. Tears just rolled watching those trailers again.
Cannot wait to see this. They are so great. Tears just rolled watching those trailers again.
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12:31PM on 01/21/2013
Before Sunrise and Sunset are the best romances ever written and filmed because they seem so natural and real. Like you're watching a documentary. Also because watching them talk is so enjoyable.
Before Sunrise and Sunset are the best romances ever written and filmed because they seem so natural and real. Like you're watching a documentary. Also because watching them talk is so enjoyable.
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11:43AM on 01/21/2013
I like Before Sunrise and Before Sunset a lot. It might look boring with all the conversation going on but it's not. Somehow the chemistry between Delpy and Hawke works like a charm and both movies never feel bored.
I like Before Sunrise and Before Sunset a lot. It might look boring with all the conversation going on but it's not. Somehow the chemistry between Delpy and Hawke works like a charm and both movies never feel bored.
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7:29PM on 01/21/2013
I know it's a horrible idea, but a part of me wishes this series would just become a television show so that I could watch dozens of hours of Hawke and Delpy walking around and talking to each other. One of the top onscreen chemistries of all time.
I know it's a horrible idea, but a part of me wishes this series would just become a television show so that I could watch dozens of hours of Hawke and Delpy walking around and talking to each other. One of the top onscreen chemistries of all time.
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2:19AM on 01/23/2013
We can see "The poetry of day-to-day life." ;-)
We can see "The poetry of day-to-day life." ;-)
6:58PM on 01/21/2013
Great films. I wonder how long they can keep it going. Will we get to see how these two handle their relationship when they're in their 50s? 70s? 100s? That would be a first for cinema.
I just can't believe it's been 9 years since the last one. Damn you time and all your flying bullshit.
Great films. I wonder how long they can keep it going. Will we get to see how these two handle their relationship when they're in their 50s? 70s? 100s? That would be a first for cinema.
I just can't believe it's been 9 years since the last one. Damn you time and all your flying bullshit.
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3:44PM on 01/21/2013

I didn't even know this was coming.

I did, actually, wonder about this recently... musing on the fact that I really want to see more of this series. I'm so glad they're giving it to us, because the first two are assuredly the best love story movies ever made. The performances, ESPECIALLY in the second one, are flawless.
I did, actually, wonder about this recently... musing on the fact that I really want to see more of this series. I'm so glad they're giving it to us, because the first two are assuredly the best love story movies ever made. The performances, ESPECIALLY in the second one, are flawless.
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2:14PM on 01/21/2013
I'm hearing nothing but amazing reviews from my buddies who went to Sundance. "Before Sunset" is my all-time favorite movie, with "Heat" as #2 and then "Sunrise" at #3. "Before Sunset" affected me enough that I transferred to USC and went to film school after I'd already decided to be a nurse. Fantastic film. I cannot wait.
I'm hearing nothing but amazing reviews from my buddies who went to Sundance. "Before Sunset" is my all-time favorite movie, with "Heat" as #2 and then "Sunrise" at #3. "Before Sunset" affected me enough that I transferred to USC and went to film school after I'd already decided to be a nurse. Fantastic film. I cannot wait.
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4:27PM on 01/21/2013

not to spoil it for anyone, but...

Didn't they end up together at the end of "Before Sunset". It was still a bit ambiguous but it definately showed they were in better shape at the end of Sunset than there were at the end of Sunrise. I hope this turns out to be how they have been together for the last few years, or at least tried, instead of their first meeting since the last film.

regardless, loved the first 2 movies, can't wait for this one
Didn't they end up together at the end of "Before Sunset". It was still a bit ambiguous but it definately showed they were in better shape at the end of Sunset than there were at the end of Sunrise. I hope this turns out to be how they have been together for the last few years, or at least tried, instead of their first meeting since the last film.

regardless, loved the first 2 movies, can't wait for this one
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11:20AM on 01/21/2013
Before Sunrise and Twilight still remain the only two movies I have ever walked out on. and I left Before on the insistence of my date!
Before Sunrise and Twilight still remain the only two movies I have ever walked out on. and I left Before on the insistence of my date!
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11:28AM on 01/21/2013
That's too bad. I think Before Sunrise and Sunset are absolute masterpieces- one of the great 1-2 punches in film history. Here's to hoping the third film is just as good.
That's too bad. I think Before Sunrise and Sunset are absolute masterpieces- one of the great 1-2 punches in film history. Here's to hoping the third film is just as good.
2:14PM on 01/21/2013
Everyone's entitled to their opinion [link]
Everyone's entitled to their opinion [link]
9:12AM on 01/22/2013
never got to form an opinion. she asked to leave 30 minutes in and i would have felt a little weird telling her to walk home while i watched a romanitc drama unfold on my own.
never got to form an opinion. she asked to leave 30 minutes in and i would have felt a little weird telling her to walk home while i watched a romanitc drama unfold on my own.
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