That’s the title of the film I went to see today with my husband of 28.5 years, at our favorite theater.
Before Midnight is the third in a series of three films. Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight; they came out in 1995, 2004, and 2013.
In 1995 I was busy with a two-year-old, a one-year-old and a new baby, so I missed that one. In 2004, I was … I don’t know, but I missed that one as well. A friend posted on Facebook that she was excited about this new one coming out, so I took notice. I thought it might be important to watch the first two before we went to the theater (it was), and Amazon Prime came to the rescue last night. We rented both of them and watched them one after the other.
Each film is about a period of time in the lives of Jesse (American) and Celine (French). The first film covers their initial meeting and the subsequent twenty-four hours they spend together in Vienna; the second is nine years later in Paris; the latest one took place in Greece.
Before Midnight captures my life exactly, except for the glamorous Greek scenery. Celine and Jesse are parents now and are vacationing in the Lower Peloponnese mountains. Tres magnifique.
Celine and Jesse got into an argument, and when she said she had not yet recovered from the birth of her twins four years prior, my tears started flowing and continued for the remainder of the film, the 20-minute trip home, and for awhile at home. I know a lot of things about a lot of things. Before Midnight bypassed my busy monkey brain and delved down into the deepest parts of me.
Sometimes we laugh at our younger selves — those bold, confident, optimistic selves who have the world at their feet but don’t know it. My younger self was sure about a hell of a lot of things.
Life is fragile. Love is wonderful, but it is hard work, n’est pas? I highly recommend this movie, especially for long-together couples who are still intentional about continuing to kindle the flames of their love.
Jesse and Celine are beautiful, and I am in awe of the truth and wisdom in this film. I want to travel, to speak what is true for me, and to banish fear from my life. Before Midnight spoke to my deepest heart.
Here is a very good review of Before Midnight.
Have you seen it? What films have spoken to your deepest heart?