I actually turned this off an hour in because holy shit these people are unbearable and I cound basically hear Linklater scoffing pleasently to himself writing this ridiculous dialogue. Then I thought: maybe it picks up at the end? Maybe it magically improves so much I am glad I finish it? Maybe these people somehow transforms into belivable characters that I would care about? Well it did.
So often we are caught up with trying to find meaning of situation that separates us from what we know as meaningful relationships. And yet these tormenting situations might be the very path designed to lead us into contentment. Absolutely great movie.
At this stage Hawke and Delpy have become their on screen couple where shots are done in a single take and the natural dialogue that flows I had to look up to be sure they weren't actually in a real life relationship because that final act of an escalating argument was scarily to real life. And like the actors the third film has matured also with lush cinematography of the Greek Islands of complex marriage troubles.
not that the first two were amazing visually, but this really emphasised the lack of visual flair. It does threaten to be a bit too self-indulgent and cutesy, but the hotel scene arguably saves it, and provides the film with it's key ruminations on enduring love and regret. The way that conversation in the room progresses through the emotional gears is quite incredible. 3.5
It's not about their kids, it's not about their work, it's not about their friends, it's about the intricate details that constitute their relationship. Every little moment feels true and relatable. And somehow, this movie manage to keep these same details that started the very first time they met.
At first watch, I didn't like it as much as the other two simply because it destroyed a lot of my dreams about the perfect romance between Celine and Jesse of the previous 2 movies; then I rewatched it and realised it was also magical and romantic -- but that the idealism of youth had given way to the harsh realities of adulthood and long-term relationships. I hope to see a 4th Before movie...
Easily the best of the three. I've never been a huge fan of these movies, due to its lack of a character to live vicariously through, the movies leave you to feel like an outsider looking in at a relationship like a creepy third wheel. However in this one, you're experiencing the emotions of both sides; feeling the peaks and valleys of their conversation. Man is it the definition of an emotional roller coaster.
Rewatched and increased rating. I remember watching upon release and being slightly annoyed at what I perceived to be irritating, resentful characters. In reality, the film gives an honest depiction of what many relationships look like. The beauty of the film lies in how through the addition of scenes, each one brings new perspective and meaning to those previous, culminating in a bittersweet finale as life repeats.