Before Midnight. Those words probably mean next to nothing to you, unless you’re a Richard Linklater fan who has been waiting nearly 20 excruciating years for the final chapter in the love story between Jesse and Celine.
Julie Delpy, the film’s co-lead, promises that everyone working on the upcoming comedy-drama is committed to as much authenticity as possible, and that means a realistic portrayal of sex between a loving couple working through the strain of long-term romance.
“Sometimes I see films where people have sex with a bra on. I mean, what country do they come from? I don’t think I’ve ever had sex with a bra on in my life, except maybe once,” Delpy observed in an interview with GQ.
“I’ve never actually showed my body that much, even though I’m a French actress. It was a big deal for me to do it. This movie isn’t fantasy. This is a film for people who can handle a pair of tits.”
The 40-year-old actress admitted that exposing her body in the film took guts, especially since she’s one for aging gracefully.
“I’m a real person, so it’s a statement to say, ‘Alright, I’m a forty-year-old woman, and this is what you get with no plastic surgery. Not even plucking my eyebrows,'” she said.
But the actress is well-matched to such a statement, having portrayed strong female characters in the past, including Before Midnight‘s Celine twice before.
“I’m such a feminist,” she said. “But not in a wearing overalls and hating men kind of way. I love men. I was raised by feminists, so it’s digested. Why am I even justifying myself? I’m a feminist.”
Before Midnightco-stars Ethan Hawke as Jesse, who has finally settled into a relationship with Delpy’s Celine after meeting nearly 20 years ago as young adults in Vienna. It is the third Richard Linklater film to star these two characters (not counting their cameo in Waking Life) after 1995’s Before Sunrise and 2004’s Before Sunset.
If you haven’t seen either of those two films, drop everything you are doing and go rent them right now. They are awesome. You will thank me.
Here’s the trailer for Before Midnight:
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