Even cinema’s most romantic couple has doubts. Eighteen years after a chance encounter on a train to Vienna, and nine years after reconnecting in a Paris flat, Jesse and Celine have settled into marriage in Before Midnight. As this scene demonstrates, sometimes it’s nice for a wife to be reminded that she’s beautiful – and sometimes it’s futile to expect a husband to be anything but “an American teenager.”
Watch the clip of Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke below:
Of course, once you watch that scene, you have to go back and look at their first encounter. Well, not their first-first encounter on the train, but the subsequent moment that changed both their lives. Funny how Jesse’s words come back around in a way he certainly didn’t envision 18 years ago.
Here’s the full trailer for Before Midnight, which opens in theaters on May 24.