Valentine Before Midnight

Before Midnight is a 2013 American romantic drama film, the third in a trilogy featuring two characters, following Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).

Before Midnight was directed by Richard Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Co-written by Linklater, Hawke and Delpy, the film picks up the story nine years after the events of Before Sunset; Jesse (Hawke) and Céline (Delpy) spend a summer vacation together in Greece. As with the second entry of the trilogy, Before Midnight received widespread acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Nine years have passed since Before Sunset. Jesse and Céline have become a couple and parents to twin girls. Jesse struggles to maintain his relationship with his teenage son, Hank, who lives in Chicago with Jesse’s ex-wife. After Hank spends the summer with Jesse and Céline on the Greek Peloponnese peninsula, Jesse drops him off at the airport to fly home. Jesse is a successful novelist, while Céline is at a career crossroads, considering a job with the French government.

The couple discuss their concerns about Hank, and then about Céline’s choices for her career. Over dinner they talk more about love and life. Friends staying with them pay for a hotel room so they can have a night alone. While walking to the hotel, the couple reminisce about coming together. After reaching the hotel, they have a fierce argument, expressing fears about their present and future together. Among other issues, Jesse wants them to move to Chicago so he can be closer to Hank, which Céline thinks will cost her any chance of a life outside her family. In the heat of the argument, Céline tells Jesse she no longer loves him.

Céline leaves their room and sits alone in the hotel’s outdoor restaurant. Jesse joins her and jokes that he is a time traveler bringing her a letter from her 82-year-old self, describing this night as one of the best of their lives. Unamused, Céline says their fantasies will never match the imperfect reality. Jesse proclaims his love, saying he does not know what else she could want. After a moment, Céline joins in Jesse’s joke, and the two seem to reconcile.

Directed by Richard Linklater
Produced by Richard Linklater
Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
Sara Woodhatch
Screenplay by Richard Linklater
Ethan Hawke
Julie Delpy
Based on Characters
by Richard Linklater
and Kim Krizan
Starring Ethan Hawke
Julie Delpy
Music by Graham Reynolds
Cinematography Christos Voudouris
Edited by Sandra Adair
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • January 20, 2013 (Sundance)
  • May 24, 2013 (limited)
  • June 14, 2013 (wide)
Running time
109 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million[2]
Box office $20.7 million[3]