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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
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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

Certificate:

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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, 28 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,078, 17 January 2015
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The piano song that plays during Richies hallucination when he collapsed on the street is called The Flipbook by Darren Morze. 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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one of the best indie ever and one of the best movie of 2014
29 November 2014 | by moviefan098See all my reviews

I give this an 8 and I don't do it lightly. I'm also not rating it highly as an indie, it's good compared to any project. This movie is absolutely haunting. The writer has a deep understand of people and displays them so realistically. I really liked the fact that it didn't have cliché characters. The "gangsters" don't do what you expect them to do. The things people did in this movie weren't over the top, it felt very real.

The cinematography and shots were fantastic in this movie. It was at times like a dream or an acid trip and it never felt out of place. The transitions between hallucinations and real life were not stark and abrupt like in other movies where someone is tripping. Shawn Christensen is going to be the director to watch out for in the future. The casting was perfect. Everybody was good. I just dislike Ron Perlman because he gets cast in this type of role in so many movies that it's starting to be a cliché, still he was great.

Christensen is also a great writer. This movie was at once deeply sad and entertaining. Casting Fatima Ptecek as Sophia was perfect. She was the pillar of light for Richie's darkness and she was just a delight to watch. There really is something special about Ptecek. She's the next Abigail Breslin.


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