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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 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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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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The film playing in the background of Gideon's party is Buster Keaton's "The General" 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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Sophia So Far
Written by Shawn Christensen
Performed by Goodnight Radio
Courtesy of +1 Records
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Very Interesting
3 September 2015 | by accgineuSee all my reviews

Before I Disappear is very interesting. Having never heard of the short film it was based off of (titled, 'Curfew'), I stumbled upon it one day on Netflix, and watched the hour and a half it had to offer. For what it was, it was one of the most intriguing independent films I've seen in a long while.

The film centers on Richie, who is supposed to take care of his sister's daughter, and, without saying much, the movie ends up delving into some pretty dark themes I never expected to be explored, but, were very well presented and executed. Alongside the themes, the story is also quite well presented and written. However, as sad as it is to say, there are some plot holes from here to there, which kind of drag down the movie if you actually think about them. Plot holes or not, one thing stood clear to me throughout the hour and a half 'Before I Disappear' had to offer: the characters were VERY, VERY well written, and mostly believable. Sure, some of them seem a bit rushed, and forgettable, but, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, nevertheless. Also, Ron Perlman was AWESOME in his role, and, although I've never really seen the actor in any movies or TV shows AT ALL, his performance in this film has convinced me more than enough that he is fairly decent at what he does.

Overall, I really enjoyed Before I Disappear, and despite some plot holes, this has to have been one of the best independent films I've seen in quite some time, that's not a comedy. 88/100


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28 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,676, 30 November 2014

Gross USA:

$10,078

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,078
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