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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 ... 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


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 »


Headed for Heaven Tonight
Written and Performed by Rebekah Del Rio
Publisher: Baja Basement Music
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Four generations of an Hispanic family in Albuquerque contend with the dynamics and stresses of modern living.
28 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Paul Davids the director and Patricia Crespin, who co-wrote the film script and who wrote the stage play "We Are Hispanic-American Women...OK?"on which the movie is based, have done a first-rate job in bringing to the screen a very accurate and unvarnished portrayal of Hispanic life in Albuquerque. It was very satisfying to see a professionally made movie in which the situations and the characters were completely real, dealing with the day-to-day struggles of life. The actors fit their parts perfectly, and were not glamorized in any way. The pain and the pride which the characters felt was crystal clear and undeniable. This is the kind of movie that brings real insight into a culture, and leaves the viewer with the kind of understanding that can create bridges between people. Although I am not Hispanic, I grew up in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and I know the Hispanic culture as well as anyone who is not born into it. This movie hits the bull's-eye in showing us what that culture is.

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