Beloved by many, Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy is arguably one of the most vivid, authentic depictions of love (and its mundane holdovers after so-called ‘happy endings’) in cinematic history. But for it to come together, the ‘Dazed and Confused’ filmmaker had to reunite actor/collaborators Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in relative secrecy to try to recreate the largely spontaneous chemistry that emerged in the 1995 classic ‘Before Sunrise.’ and teased in its 2004 follow-up, Before Sunset.
Before 2012, fans were well aware that nine years had passed between “Sunrise” and “Sunset” and now another nine were about to expire, leaving a third part feeling like it should be out in 2013. “Sunset” ended on a bloody cliffhanger, too, as “Baby You’re Gonna Miss the Plane” had become a modern classic by the film’s final lines — and people had spent nearly a decade wondering where a supposed rendezvous Jesse was and Celine would deposit.
In the summer of 2012, Hawke told Indiewire that filming on the sequel would begin soon; his co-star Delpy denied it a month later. In fact, in September 2012, news of the film was officially confirmed with a Deadline report stating that it “completed late last night”.
“It’s great to be back together,” Linklater, Delpy and Hawke said in a statement, “this time in beautiful Greece to relive the lives of Celine and Jesse, nine years after Jesse was about to board his flight miss.”
The resulting film, Before Midnight, was a critically acclaimed masterpiece, not only considered by many to be the best film in the trilogy, but also offering viewers an all-too-rare opportunity to watch a married couple come to terms with it deals with hard work and tedious everyday life, which ultimately determines the length of a marriage. Since they last saw her, “Before” fans have learned that they’ve become parents to two girls — and have faced ups and downs, always coming back to the same disagreements that fueled the audience’s passion and love threaten to diminish viewers so fondly from the previous two films.
Ultimately, after a devastating fight, “Midnight” ended on a mixed note, with the portrayal of their relationship feeling more real than ever; 2022 marks nine years after “Midnight” — and fans would love nothing more than to wake up one morning surprised by yet another announcement “wrapped late last night.”