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The film is the third in a trilogy - all romantic fluff. It was shot in Southern Greece. The others were set in Paris and Vienna.
It will be good to see Methoni on the big screen. Our yiayia had the National Geographic photo of the castle framed and positioned near the door.
Another scene: the elegantly simple pastels of a country Greek home once owned by Patrick Leigh Fermor, the British travel writer and World War II Greek resistance hero. Fermor wrote the book on Mani, the rugged Southern Peloponnesian peninsula once full of peasant folkways and mystery. Fermor died just this year; he spent some of his last days at the Greek house. Apparently he also traveled to "Constantinople" and a final book is to be published about his travels in Turkey.
The Rope of Silicon blog mapped out the Before Midnight scenes in Messinia here. The Before Midnight trailer is here.
Our favorite critic, Melpo, pans the latest film in the trilogy, saying of the acting: "Very poor. No chemistry or feeling."
But the New York Times lauded the movie, and so did Lincoln Center's film Q&A moderator in this lengthy Question-and-Answer session with the director and actors Julie Delphy and Ethan Hawke. They all admit the script violates every film school rule.