(Richard Linklater, 2013)
On the occasion of the release of Boyhood—a film that many are already calling his masterpiece—we revisit the career of the revered American independent director Richard Linklater, picking up where a previous Wexner Center retrospective left off in 2000. Linklater has continued the often-audacious formal gestures found in his early films, such as Slacker (1991) and Dazed and Confused (1993), in such subsequent films as Tape, Boyhood, his Before trilogy (which we’re screening in full). He has also directed what quickly became an all-ages classic, School of Rock, along with a handful of other films that display his risk-taking and versatility. We’re honored to present this second retrospective of one our greatest directors.
The final film in the trilogy, Before Midnight finds Celine and Jesse on vacation in Greece, nine years after they reconnected in Paris, and now the parents of twin girls and Jesse’s older son from a previous marriage. Their holiday calm is disrupted when talk turns to careers, the kids, and their past, casting doubt on the future of their relationship. (109 mins., 35mm)