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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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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£58,387 (United Kingdom), 23 June 2002, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This was Lewis Gilbert's first directorial effort after seven years. It would become his last film. Lewis Gilbert passed away in February 2018 at the age of 97. See more »

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Don't miss this film
2 July 2010 | by bob-1135See all my reviews

An excellent film about how different people cope with grief. It also shows the fallibility of memory over a long period. One character played by Joanne Whaley has the memory of a brutal mother who instead of supporting her when she becomes pregnant at 14 shouts at her and slaps her. This has festered over the years until she has reached the stage of hating her mother. But her memory is fickle and it is not until late on in the film when it is revealed what really happened.

An incredible experience and one that should not be missed, the scene where Julie Walters is starting to pack away her mother's clothes for the charity shop aided by her sisters is hilarious, and so true. People think that death is all about weeping and crying because that is the expected thing to do. It's not and my own personal experience tells me that.

The only thing I regret not happening is that one of the daughters didn't wipe the appalling makeup off their mother's corpse.


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