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Before the Dawn (2019)

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After an encounter with a troubled student crosses the line, a young high school teacher struggles between giving into her desires and doing the right thing.


Jay Holben
7 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alana de Freitas ... Lila Kendy
Jared Scott ... Jason Walker
Houston Rhines ... Andrew Matthews
Kelly Hancock ... Shelly Walker
Carissa Dalton ... Shannen James
Juli Cuccia ... Mary Kendy
Gregory R. Gordon ... Thug (as Gregory Gordon)
Raul Nava ... Thug
Byron James ... Thug
Joseph Covino ... John Walker
Juan Magana ... Jason's Friend
Matthias Chrans Matthias Chrans ... Jason's Friend
Benjamin Levy Aguilar ... Jason's Friend (as Benjamin Levy)
Norma Burgess Norma Burgess ... Gibney / Principal
Alexa Reddy ... Penny Walker


A story of forbidden love between teacher and student. Lila moves to a new town to start a new life as the new high school teacher after her recent divorce. Also new to the school is the handsome, bad-boy student Jason, who is there to get him out of a bad situation, so he doesn't end up like his hoodlum brother. Jason is not happy at his new school and could care less about studies. Lila's not exactly having fun either. She's continuously dismissed by snooty, fellow teacher Shannen, and hit on by Coach Andrew. As luck would have it, Jason is a student in Lila's class. She sees potential in him, that he doesn't see in himself, and offers to tutor him after school. He quickly accepts. The two get along well, very well. One night Andrew takes Lila on a date to a local bar where Jason also happens to be. Jason sees the couple and gets a little jealous. Eventually, Jason shows up distraught at Lila's home. She says it's inappropriate for him to be there. Days later, Jason shows up and its... Written by Film Threat

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Drama | Romance

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Beautiful film about forbidden love
17 March 2020 | by prescotttolkSee all my reviews

Stumbled upon this indie gem! I love films that portray conflicted characters in complicated and unique situations. Alana de Freitas delivers an extraordinary performance by lending nuance and sympathy to Lila. I was completely sold on her attraction to Jason and their chemistry. I was impressed to discover that she also wrote and produced the film...she is definitely someone to watch and follow. Very well done film!

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7 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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