Before Midnight, directed by Richard Linklater
You know those accusatory, ticking-time-bomb questions two married people aren't supposed to ask each other? Well, after two previous installments of complicated bliss (in 1995's Before Sunrise and 2004's Before Sunset), Celine (Julie Delpy) is going there on Jesse (Ethan Hawke). "What's the name of the pediatrician?" "Would you notice me on a train now — like, right now?" Tell me you managed not to fuck the girl you met on your book tour!
That last one wasn't a question. None of them truly are. But one of the glories of this movie is the way Celine expertly corners the slick man she's now married, and how Jesse's become an expert at evading capture. Another is the way Delpy, Hawke, and Linklater have managed to build a comedy around the creep of middle age and the way familiarity breeds not only contempt, but also security and insecurity. I've seen this movie three times, and each time I'm struck at the suspense in the film's long, complete conversations, at how you're able to laugh at the truth of what these two are still trying to do after meeting 18 years ago on a train, having an affair, and marrying.