Before sunrise (1)
In the run-up to the release of Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, it seemed appropriate to revisit his two earlier installments in the occasionally intersecting lives of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy). Back in 1995 I remember hearing a lot of truth in the pseudo-intellectual rantings of this young couple on their overnight first date. Eighteen years later they seem rather more irritating, but that’s as much due to my current station in life than what Linklater and Co. created. While their discussions may seem somewhat less profound, the performances are still incredibly naturalistic and likeable, while Linklater’s direction is loose yet confident and the stage is set for one of Hollywood’s great unsung franchises.