October 25, 2013 7:32 pm

Before Midnight – DVD review

Jesse and Céline’s flirtatious conversations may have given way to bickering but they remain an engaging screen pair

Richard Linklater, 2013

Sony

For those who have grown up with Jesse and Céline – from their first encounter as twenty-somethings under the Viennese sky in 1995’s Before Sunrise, to their reunion in Paris in 2004’s Before Sunset – it has been a long wait for this third instalment.

Since then, the charmingly loquacious duo have been together and are holidaying in Greece with their daughters. Ethan Hawke’s Jesse may be a bit more ragged, Julie Delpy’s Céline a little rounder, and their once circuitously flirtatious conversations may have given way to a fondness for bickering but they remain by far the most engaging screen pairing of recent years. Delightful.

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