Before Sunrise, Certified Copy, My Dinner with Andre: Who Would You Cast in a Two-Person Movie?

Before SunriseBefore Sunset… and now, just like that, Richard Linklater has reunited Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and filmed Before Midnight.

That’s right. Even as some of us were still speculating as to whether this movie would actually happen, shazam! There it is!

Deadline reports:

Richard Linklater just wrapped shooting in Messinia, Greece on Before Midnight, the third film in a series that began with Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.

Before Midnight, which has Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke reprising their roles as star-crossed lovers Celine and Jesse, was once again scripted by Linklater, Delpy and Hawke, the same team that got an Oscar nom in 2005 for Before Sunset. Linklater shot the film quietly, as many didn’t think it would happen before 2013.

I can’t help but wonder what Linklater thought of Certified Copy, my favorite film of 2010. As it followed the conversations of a man and a woman in a romantically unpredictable (ambiguous?) relationship, it was a sort of cousin to the Before films. But Kiarostami raised the bar, in my opinion. In its dialogue and its imagery, Certified Copy was as densely layered as any film I’ve seen in the last several years, one that rewards frequent viewings. I’d like to see Linklater learn from it, and venture into more sophisticated and imaginative visual composition.

I currently have the Criterion edition of My Dinner with Andre sitting on my living room coffee table so I can revisit it sometime soon. And recently I’ve enjoyed episodes of The Trip, in which Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon spend the movie in conversation over various meals. My favorite action-comedy is Midnight Run, which finds Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin in constant conversation while traveling. If good writers are involved, two hours of conversation can be more exciting than the summer’s biggest blockbuster.

If you could cast a two-person movie and just watch them meander through conversations for 90 minutes, which two actors would you cast?

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  • Gaith

    Buckle up:

    SCHWARZENEGGER.
    +
    SHATNER.

    … That is all.

    (Runner-Up Pair: WINSLET +WEISZ.)

  • Jeremy Landes

    Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick

  • DHMCarver

    Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil. I have said for years that those two have such incredible screen presence that I would watch a silent film that consisted merely the two of them sitting across from each other in chairs. Now throw in dialogue, and you could have a classic for the ages. Not only do they have individual power on the screen, they are fantastic when paired, for instance, as they were in Leconte’s “The Widow of Saint-Pierre”. Next level question — who should/could direct such a film?

    • Anodos

      Have you seen Haneke’s ‘Hidden’ with Binoche and Auteuil? I agree they’re brilliant together – I’d happily see them do another film with Haneke…

  • Clint W

    Bill Murray & Patricia Clarkson.

    Amy Adams & Sarah Polley.

  • Dan

    Cate Blanchett and Gary Oldman.
    Or Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, but I think that’s already been done. . . .

  • Dan

    Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. But I think that’s already been done . . .
    Or Cate Blanchett and Gary Oldman.


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