I loved the first two movies with a passion. This movie addresses how that dream fits into a real life and not just stolen moments between two people who have exceptional connection to each other and a lot of chemistry. It started kind of slow and awkwardly. You get to see the little things that would annoy them about each other. The conversation at the farewell dinner about love somehow diminished the ideal that they followed. All the generations except the old lady believe that the concept of a soulmate was a flawed if not insane one. They saw it as misguided and incomplete and that you should not look to another for completion. They did that and looked guilty in those moments in the movie. What the old lady had with her husband that she was fighting to still remember and preserve in her mind before she forgets it all.....that is what they have and I think secretly hope for.....someone who will love them enough to want to remember them like that. The fighting between them is insane and frustrating. I thought better of the characters the moment when he said "be my friend" and she was ... at point in the conversation it seemed like them. I would think that after all that time that they would have been able to sustain that level of communication even if worse came to worst because of their love for each other and the connection that was always so fluid with them. I expected more of them in terms of how that conflict would have been resolved. I am disappointed that they would cheat on each other it seems low of them and dishonoring to their love. They need to be clear about what they need from each other and work from there. Truly hear each other and work at it. Not listening is something that I didn't think would have happened. I could accept that they may not do it all the time but it seems like years of not listening. There is obvious unresolved guilt about taking another woman's husband for Celine. Her controlling nature causes her it hijack Jesse's relationship with his son. Every time he calls she never passes the phone for him to get the connection he desperately wants with his son. He misses his son and feels a loss because he is not there. She is not considering that fully. She most likely is right that it will work out when he is older but the anxiety of having lost the chance to impact more on his son's formative years is not going away and the guilt may remain for sometime if not always. Jesse was her and their family but he want s all of his family, which includes his son. Based on his reaction to his son leaving he seems to feels a sense completion if not perfection when his son is with them. He wants the best environment for his son and thinks that they are it. It is wonderful I that she and his son have that kind of relationship though and I am sure that is because she is such a wonderful caretaker but they don't let us, the audience see much of that. Celine is just doing and then being resentful about it somehow. She also has issue with the idea of her that had been penned. Jesse thinks that she is ok'd resolved but she is nowhere near that. The characters are complex and flawed and I am happy that they ended the movies with hope though still worrying. I had to see it after the first two but I think it could have stopped before the hotel or after he poured the wine and ended there with some love and connection in conversation culminated by just a knowing and compassionate kiss that kind of says....shit! Life is hard but I am glad I am with you for the ride. C'est la vie. Those are just my thoughts.
El romanticismo se esfumó en esta película que cierra la trilogía "Before", sólo queda la realidad. No me gustó tanto como las dos primeras, realmente esperaba algo romántico pero no, la historia aterriza a la realidad de las parejas en las que el romanticismo se va pero queda el amor, lo verdadero, lo real. Las historias de ensueño y cuentos de hadas desaparecen para dar paso a lo verídico que no por ello deja de ser bello.
I've loved the first two Before movies, but this one kinda felt short... Don't get me wrong, it was still great, but I didn't saw the "magic" I saw on the first two.
It's been 9 years from the previous story and the film is set in Greece this time. This is the last one of the sequence. In my opinion, the main theme is more practical than before and based on our actual life or feelings. That's why it makes me feel it's less romantic compared to last two series, but there is still full of conversation among people, especially between two in whole drama and I enjoy the philosophical atmosphere in the ancient place. I like the scene in which three generations eat dinner together and discuss "love" mentioning a bit of scientific fact and a change of technology nowadays. The film was released in 2013, so people talk about Skype or they use smartphones a lot. One of participants of the dinner says love is changing in this modern age because of technology. It may be true. One young girl who looks in teens and accompanies her boyfriend left an interesting question. That is like this ; "Is there any possibility of eternal love? And Does it have any meanings in this age? That's because we will separate someday somehow."
We really did not enjoy this film. It is 100 minutes of dialogue between a man and a woman. There's no plot of note. It's like being a fly on the wall listening to a regular couple talk nonsense. Ethan Hawke was excellent as usual, and I had high hopes for this given that it is 94/100 on metacritic. Perhaps it's a little too arthouse for me, but we just found it extremely boring.