The film is an adult “talkie” in the tradition of Louie Malle’s My Dinner With Andre (1981), but it’s not about philosophy, but real relationships and, with the talent of co-Writers Delpy and Hawke, the talk is real and superbly executed.
Will their relationship survive? Will it last? You’ll have to decide for yourself. As for me, the key is that they talk. Their interaction is only interrupted by a few short calls from Jesse’s son, who is checking in as he flies home to Chicago. There is no texting or glancing at messages. There is honest conversation. And, that, I believe, will be their salvation. With whom else will they find that...besides a good therapist? Well, yes, they both could use one.
I give Before Midnight a 5 for those who have seen the first two films and a 4+ for smart viewers, who are new to the trilogy.