|Celine and Jesse.|
Directed by Richard Linklater
Produced by Richard Linklater, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos and Sara Woodhatch
Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke (screenplay); Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan (characters)Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
After spending an evening together in Vienna and an afternoon together in Paris nine years later, Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) are together again. This time it's in Greece on a vacation with their twin daughters. They've gone through a lot since we last saw them, but their relationship seems as simple and spontaneous as it was when they first met. However, the pressures, restrictions, compromises, and expectations of their lifestyle might prove too much for them to handle.
Linklater, Hawke and Delpy have created another beautiful chapter in this superb trilogy. The veteran indie director lets the script do most of the work, as he and the actors collaborated heavily on it again. At this point, Hawke and Delpy clearly know these characters, and they manage to bring out even more of their flaws, chemistry and love for each other. The film provides secondary characters for them interact with (more so than the Sunrise and Sunset did), but the last half of the film is a free-for-all battle of wits and words, like the first two films captured with an appearance of surprising ease and authenticity. Fans of the first two should be pleased, and newcomers should have much to delight in as well. It's one of the year's finest films, providing another intimate look at Celine's and Jesse's relationship, and forming a spectacular trilogy on top of it.
Oscar Potential: Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay