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Before You Go (2002)

The imperfect lives of three sisters are revealed at their unloved mother's funeral.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writer:

Shelagh Stephenson (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Teresa
John Hannah ... Mike
Joanne Whalley ... Mary
Victoria Hamilton ... Catherine
Patricia Hodge ... Vi
Tom Wilkinson ... Frank
Hugh Ross ... Mr Berry
Dermot Crowley ... Father Cunningham
Theo Fraser Steele Theo Fraser Steele ... Young Doctor
John Biggins John Biggins ... Dougie
Stephen Bent Stephen Bent ... Male Official
Eoin O'Callaghan Eoin O'Callaghan ... Hearse Driver
Raquel Cassidy ... Felicia
Peter Beaumont Peter Beaumont ... Xavier
Alan Stocks Alan Stocks ... Bob
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The imperfect lives of three sisters are revealed at their unloved mother's funeral.

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Does anything in life ever go to plan? See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Antes de Você nos Deixar See more »

Filming Locations:

Castletown, Isle of Man See more »

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Opening Weekend:

£58,387 (United Kingdom), 23 June 2002, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The scenes of both, André Schneider and Jamie Sives wound up on the cutting-room floor. See more »

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Deeply moving and beautifully acted
19 August 2002 | by CoughlySee all my reviews

Seven years after his thrilling movie "Haunted", Lewis Gilbert released his next movie, based on the Olivier Award-winning stage play by Shelagh Stephenson (who also adapted it for the big screen). Some critics (like Gaby Wood from "The Observer) loathed it and tore it into shreds, saying, "It was a shame that Gilbert decided to do another movie", others loved its beauty and serenity.

The movie is a tragic comedy, or a funny tragedy. Basically, it's a deeply moving portrayal of a torn-apart family, the story of three wasted lives, but it's also an ode to the women, or to the strength that only women seem to be capable of.

Julie Walters, who was the star of Gilbert's hit movie "Educating Rita", delivers a stunning performance - probably one of the best performances in her entire career. Joanne Whalley is equally good in her portrayal of Mary, and you can't take your eyes off the gorgeous Patricia Hodge, who's playing their mother. The only bad performance, matter-of-factly, comes from Victoria Hamilton who's overacting in every scene she's in. She seemed to be resistant against Gilbert's masterful direction.

Debbie Wiseman's haunting, compelling score is flowing gently through the film, and the photography leaves you breathless. "Before You Go" was shot almost entirely on location on the Isle of Man (only very few shots were made at Twickenham Studios). Gilbert's sense for beautiful settings has always been unique - even in his three former based-on-stage-play movies ("Alfie", "Educating Rita", and "Shirley Valentine") you could perceive that.

Alas, the talents of John Hannah and Tom Wilkinson, both very fine actors, are basically wasted here. But after all, this is a woman's movie. And a great one.


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