SFIFF closes out with Richard Linklater's highly anticipated Before Midnight, and a Ruby Skye party
We’ve arrived at part three of Richard Linklater's ongoing romantic chronicle, whose second chapter was a rare instance of a sequel topping its original — deeper, richer, more fully felt. It would seem impossible that Before Midnight could follow that upward trajectory, but somehow, it does; it expands and enriches the world of the series, and is also its own wonderful, perfect thing. It's (as expected) sweet and charming, but with an edge this time, a view of romance that has evolved into something more realistic, and worthy of closer consideration. Or, as Jesse notes near its end, "It's not perfect, but it's real."