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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 »


Paul Davids


Patricia Crespin, Paul Davids (screenplay) (co-writer)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Juanita Sena-Shannon Juanita Sena-Shannon ... Ramona Garcia
F.X. Gurrola-Gal F.X. Gurrola-Gal ... Carlos Garcia
Maria Elena Montoya Maria Elena Montoya ... Antonia Garcia
Diana Padilla Diana Padilla ... Marissa Martinez
Nick Lopez Nick Lopez ... Roberto Garcia
Isabela Montes Isabela Montes ... Graciela
Leticia Padilla Leticia Padilla ... Aunt Lucia
Bernardo P. Gallegos Bernardo P. Gallegos ... Miguel Garcia
Brent Locke Riley Brent Locke Riley ... Nanita
Elijah Salazar-Menzies Elijah Salazar-Menzies ... Santiago Garcia
Steven Martinez Steven Martinez ... Jose Martinez
Nicholas X. Gurrola-Gal Nicholas X. Gurrola-Gal ... Steven Oliver
Martin Metzger Martin Metzger ... Father Daniel
Russell Metzger Russell Metzger ... Creepy Guy
Joseph Chad Crespin 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual situations, language and a brief drug reference

Did You Know?


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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'BEFORE WE SAY GOODBYE', triumphs on many levels!
8 April 2012 | by drjjlermaSee all my reviews

'BEFORE WE SAY GOODBYE', triumphs on many levels, especially in delivering a message all cultures and their families can relate to, specifically through the Matriarch who lovingly teaches the need for faith, forgiveness and unconditional love in order to champion the virtues of belief in God and the family unit.

Overall,the director captures the essence of one Hispanic family, their matriarch and their navigation of daily life struggles, successes through a genuine and heartfelt belief in the Divine miracle.

There is no question that not only the Latin community will find the movie "hits close to home', but all families that have relied on a core family member, like a matriarch or even patriarch, to help resolve and place into perspective the scope of each family members problems and the use of family support and prayer to overcome those seemingly daunting adversities.

The message is truly powerful!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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