For fans of “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset,” the beloved first and second parts of Richard Linklater’s naturalistic chronicling of the chance romance between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), it’s been a torturous couple of months leading up to the release of part three, “Before Midnight,” on May 24th. During its festival circuit unraveling, the indie has earned nearly unanimous rave reviews (you can read ours from Sundance here), with the general consensus seeming to be that it is the best of the three, which is tall praise indeed.
The especially spoiler-phobic should look away now, as the first trailer courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics has become available online. Given the films’ template of catching up with the two leads every nine years, it’s pretty much by design impossible to show any footage from the film and not give away any crucial plot points. Did Jesse actually skip his flight at the end of 2004’s “Before Sunset?”
As it would seem from the trailer, yes, he did, and the two are now middle-aged couple together in Greece. And there also appear to be children involved. While we can guarantee that there’s much, much more to the film than this revelation, it’s also a bit underwhelming to be given this information in a trailer. However, the dialogue-heavy trailer still manages to showcase everything that makes the trilogy so beloved: the off-beat sense of humor, location-centric beauty, quiet poignancy, and meditations on aging and relationships.
You can check it out below (or don’t, if you’d rather go in cold when it plays at Tribeca or releases wide in May):