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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.

Director:

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 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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

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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Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Eyes
Written by Adam Granduciel
Performed by The War on Drugs
Courtesy of Secretly Canadian
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Filmmaking at its best!!
2 December 2014 | by stripesncherriesSee all my reviews

It's becoming increasingly harder and harder these days to find films in the theater that stand out and really make a memorable impact. This gem of a feature, expanded from an Oscar- winning short (Curfew), makes that rare leap from one form to another without losing its magic. Although I knew the basic story since I had seen the short, I was pleasantly surprised by the whole of this film - compelling characters (not just the amazing leads (Christensen, Ptacek and Rossum are perfectly cast), but even supporting ones), unexpectedly funny, the MUSIC!!, the tone/color/cinematography, and of course, the story itself. All of these various factors melded together into that rare magical alchemy that produces the perfect film. I would love to delve into more detail here, but don't want to spoil anything. Christensen is obviously one to watch for. I am in awe that he wrote, directed and starred in this project, and am already looking forward to his future work. Much respect.


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