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Before I Disappear (2014)

Unrated | | Drama | 28 November 2014 (USA)
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At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

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Shawn Christensen
16 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shawn Christensen ... Richie
Fatima Ptacek ... Sophia
Emmy Rossum ... Maggie
Paul Wesley ... Gideon
Ron Perlman ... Bill
Richard Schiff ... Bruce Warham
Fran Kranz ... Darren
Hani Avital ... Dead Girl
Isabelle McNally ... Vista
Sean Ringgold ... Devon
Joseph DeVito ... The Collector
Michael Drayer ... Jordan
Stephanie Kurtzuba ... Blonde Woman
Joe Perrino ... Ellis (as Joseph Perrino)
James Andrew O'Connor ... Cody
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Storyline

A troubled young man and his strait-laced niece embark on a thrilling odyssey through New York City in this heartrending drama based on an Oscar-winning short. As his life hits rock bottom, 20-something Richie decides to end it all, only to have his half-hearted suicide attempt interrupted by an urgent request from his sister to babysit her precocious daughter. So begins a madcap tour of Manhattan after dark, as uncle and niece find unexpected bonds in the unlikeliest of places. Written by IFC Films

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Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curfew See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,676, 30 November 2014

Gross USA:

$10,078

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,078
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Welsey starred in the movie when he was on his break from The Vampire Diaries. See more »

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[first lines]
Richie: Dear Vista, I've been meaning to write this note for a long time, but as you know, I'm not very good at expressing myself. So I'll just say this. I miss your smile. I would say that I hope this note finds you well, but as these things go, that won't be the case.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Fur Elise
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by the Apollo Symphony Orchestra
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Indie Filmmaking at its Finest
24 November 2014 | by moviewriterlacaSee all my reviews

Shawn Christensen's Oscar Winning Curfew was a wonderful piece of filmmaking, and I was worried that the feature version "Before I Disappear" would be just more of the same. I was pleasantly surprised and this expanded version took wonderful to extraordinary.

One of Shawn's many accomplishments in this film was his deft transition of the Sophia character from precocious little girl to self-realized adolescent, who has it together a hell of a lot more than her uncle.

It took me a little time to warm up to Emmy Rossum's character -- as in how could she have a child that old -- but a few lines to clear that up -- and boom, all taken care of. Emmy's vulnerability and willingness to go to a very raw place near the end of the film was beautiful to watch.

Shawn's expanding the characters I loved in the short and adding new characters, played by Paul Wesley and Ron Perlman was terrific. Who knew that Wesley could bring such depth to a character that could have come off as horribly one-note?

The cinematography was brilliant. The choice of color was truly inspired.

This is definitely a virtuoso piece of indie filmmaking, and deserving of every award it has picked up on the film festival circuit. My only regret is that this film should be opening in a hell of a lot more theaters this awards season.

If you love indie filmmaking, you need to see this film as soon as possible,


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