All this week, the writers of Christ and Pop Culture unveil their 25 most loved things of 2013.
Previous #5: Gone Home (PC/MAC)
#4: Before Midnight
Before Midnight is a heartwrenching look at a relationship developed without a solid foundation. The third and final installment of Richard Linklater’s Before series, the film is incredibly honest and intimate as Jesse and Celine finally come to terms with the realities of their relationship. The couple, now in their forties, have had twin girls and are still together years after Jesse had resolved to divorce his wife and move to Paris with Celine at the end of the second film (Before Sunset). However, as the story progresses, it’s clear that their children are one of the only factors keeping them together. Meanwhile, Jesse feels stifled and Celine feels taken for granted.
I won’t spoil the last part of the film here but I recommend watching all three movies to understand the progression of Jesse and Celine’s relationship as well as to gain an appreciation for Linklater’s unflinching honesty. This series is one of the few I’ve seen that allows two characters to live out the consequences of their choices in a realistic, relatable way. Before Midnight is what happens after the well-worn “happily ever after” trope plays out.
Before Midnight Hits Home: A Married Couple Discusses The Film
Next #3: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire