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Before We Say Goodbye (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Family, Romance
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 ...
Leticia Padilla ...
Aunt Lucia
Bernardo P. Gallegos ...
Miguel Garcia
Brent Locke Riley ...
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 ...


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


Drama | Family | Romance

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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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Written and Performed by Los Metzgers (Russell Metzger & Martin Metzger)
Publisher: Yellow Hat Universe of Music
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A Hispanic "It's A Wonderful Life"
26 May 2011 | by (Santa Fe) – See all my reviews

There are few very good movies that take us into the Hispanic-American world of the American Southwest. One of them is Robert Redford's The Milagro Beanfield War and a second is the newly completed Before We Say Goodbye, directed by Paul Davids. The latter movie is less fanciful then Redford's, and more deeply touching. It takes us into the life of a real family in Albuquerque building atmosphere and situation and character slowly so that we get to know and care about these people. The film is full of laughs, but also deep sadness. One takes away a detailed and nuanced sense of the interior life of a Catholic Hispanic family with all its complexity. There are true-believing Catholics, lukewarm believers, and even one atheist. Problems range from soap-opera-ish extramarital affairs to academic career problems in archaeological research. The camera work masterfully takes you inside the homes of these people. It lets you feel their humble warmth and particular visual flavor. This is a movie that can be watched repeatedly and enjoyed more every time, much as can Redford's Milagro Beanfield War. This is the best sign of a great movie. One is reminded of It's A Wonderful Life. But in this case it's a Hispanic life. This movie places a new gem in the crown of typically American cinema.

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