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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
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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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Mediocre at best
7 November 2019 | by WhoMadeYouGodSee all my reviews

I had to write a review about this after reading all the 10/10 reviews already on here - now, forgive me for being cynical but I'm calling BS on the majority of them. There is absolutely no way this is a 10/10 movie, get a grip... clearly people involved in the production/ actors etc.

The storyline is so so but rather poorly done, as another reviewer stated it glamourises and romanticises a serious subject matter - which IMO is in poor taste. The actors I think do what they can but they aren't particularly engaging. Poor acting, poor writing, poor direction.

A typical TV/Prime low budget movie. Giving it a 6 is being generous.

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7 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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