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Before We Say Goodbye (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Family, Romance
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Before We Say Goodbye" deals with four generations of an Hispanic-American family living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from the crusty tequila-drinking great grandma to the rebellious ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juanita Sena-Shannon ...
Ramona Garcia
F.X. Gurrola-Gal ...
Carlos Garcia
Maria Elena Montoya ...
Antonia Garcia
Diana Padilla ...
Marissa Martinez
Nick Lopez ...
Roberto Garcia
Isabela Montes ...
Graciela
Leticia Padilla ...
Aunt Lucia
Bernardo P. Gallegos ...
Miguel Garcia
Brent Locke Riley ...
Nanita
Elijah Salazar-Menzies ...
Santiago Garcia
Steven Martinez ...
Jose Martinez
Nicholas X. Gurrola-Gal ...
Steven Oliver
Martin Metzger ...
Father Daniel
Russell Metzger ...
Creepy Guy
Joseph Chad Crespin ...
Josh
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Before We Say Goodbye" deals with four generations of an Hispanic-American family living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from the crusty tequila-drinking great grandma to the rebellious all-American teenager who prefers Taco Bell to the food at her parents' Mexican restaurant. Carlos Garcia, beloved patriarch of his family, is dying. His adoring wife, Ramona, is in a state of denial. Ramona is sure the Virgin of Guadalupe will grant her a miracle and save Carlos, much to the skepticism of her family. Despite her devout faith, Ramona worries about how she will cope with her troubles and keep her family together if Carlos passes. Her four grown children are wrapped up in their own lives that are filled with problems that threaten to tear the family apart. Carlos has been the guiding force who has kept the family together, and as Carlos is declining, his wisdom and love bring light into their lives. But Carlos and Ramona are troubled that their children reject the cultural and religious ... Written by Paul Davids

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Her family is in trouble... Ramona needs a miracle

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Rated PG-13 for sexual situations, language and a brief drug reference
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The film title comes from the song, "Before We Say Goodbye," for which Rebekah Del Rio (famous for her role as a singer in a major David Lynch film) wrote the lyrics. She also sings it. The song is heard in the film early on in English, but at the haunting and powerful climax she sings it in Spanish. Rebekah's son Phillip DeMars was just 21 when he passed away in 2009, and Rebekah wrote the lyrics for Phillip and sang this song for him at his deathbed. The lyrics suggested a timeless bond between the two of them. When director Paul Davids heard the song, he felt it would be perfect for the title song of the film, which deals with themes of life and death, and whether what seems like a final "goodbye" is really farewell forever. Rebekah then contributed her song "Headed for Heaven Tonight" for the film, and she also sang "David's Song," which is the 23rd Psalm set to a melody created by Russell and Martin Metzger and which is heard against the opening credits. See more »

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You and I
Written and Performed instrumentally by Brian Thomas Lambert
Performed on-screen by Ava Leena
Publisher: Mystic Romance Music
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A Miraculous Conception
9 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before We Say Goodbye is a modern portrayal of a Hispanic family coping with the realities of life and death. Although the scenario is based on a Hispanic viewpoint, any family can relate to one or more of the situations that take place throughout the film: from coping with the death of a loved one, to marriage and financial problems, to not agreeing with one's family values or religions, or just trying to be accepted as oneself amongst a family unit.

The story is told through Ramona, the steadfast mother, who continues to have faith that a miracle is possible to save Carlos (her dying husband) despite all odds. As we journey with her in her quest, we also experience what other members of the family are going through in their own lives and in their relation to Ramona and Carlos.

Although Ramona doesn't quite end up getting the miracle she expects, the story has an uplifting finale that leaves her (and us) with an undeniable affirmation of hope and empowering strength to go on. This is an emotionally moving film that reminds us we all have different problems and beliefs in life, but things usually work out… just as they are meant to, which at times, in itself, can be a phenomenon perceived as a miracle.


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