2013/color/108 min. | Scr: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke; dir: Richard Linklater; w/ Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Co-Presented by the New York Times Film Club
For LACMA Film Club, Film Independent, and New York Times Film Club members only.
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater revisit their roles as Jesse and Céline, the couple we first met in 1995’s Before Sunrise. In the previous films—Before Sunrise and its sequel, 2004’s Before Sunset—Jesse (Hawke) and Céline (Delpy) were circling each other at different points in their lives. In each of the films, the possibility of commitment loomed, as imminent and out of reach as the states of the sun mentioned in the titles. In Midnight, they’re a married couple living in France, tending to their twin daughters and trying to keep a bond intact with Jesse’s son, Hank, who spends most of his time in the United States with his mom. It’s the departure of Hank for the States that sets this latest installment into motion. Linklater, who wrote the script with Delpy and Hawke, continues with the series’ tradition of being one of the most present-tense comedies ever made. Like its predecessors, Midnight has the couple laboring to concentrate on the moment at hand, though they can’t help theorizing about the immediate future—endangering their enjoyment of life even as it happens.
Bing Theater | Includes a conversation with co-writer/director Richard Linklater, co-writer/cast member Julie Delpy and co-writer/cast member Ethan Hawke.