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Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) (2008)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

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Pierre is increasingly unable to cope with his loneliness. He stays holed up at home, the only place where he suffers less. He has writer's block and he waits for inspiration. One day, he pulls himself together to attend a lunch appointment but his friend does not show up. Soon after, he learns of his sudden death. Pierre falls apart and withdraws. Finally, he is able to pull himself together to see people again. And with the help of a gigolo, he is able to live out his fantasies.


Art House & International, Drama

Sep 2, 2008

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Writer-director-actor Jacques Nolot (below) delivers a bold, searching and open-hearted turn as the subject of this confessional study of life as an elderly gay gent in the French capital.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Before I Forget is a film one can admire, but it is not 'likable,' per se, nor does its director wish it to be.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Before I Forget is, in the broad sense, 'gay-themed'. But it's also one of the loveliest, most direct and most devastating pictures about aging that I've ever seen.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source:
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An unblinking portrait of a complicated, solitary gay man who has outlived his working years.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's hardly a rosy picture of what it's like to be gay and 60 in Paris. But it's an engrossing picture.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Nolotā(TM)s portrait of senescence isnā(TM)t about rainbow visions; his film, one of the most honest, courageous and witty of the year, instead looks at decay, insufferable loss and humiliation--all endured...with defiant, wilfull abjection.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Made on a modest budget this is a brave film from writer-director-star Jacques Nolot who brings an unflinching honesty to his performance.

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A sombre description of age and regret delivered with a deceptively light touch. Wry, tender, full of sympathy and wonderfully acted by Jacques Nolot.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Tortuously slow but unexpectedly charming.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Before I Forget turns out to be pretty watchable, if sobering, with a fine eye for the absurdities its situations generate.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

It's a subdued, somewhat melancholic Paris to be sure, but one whose potential loneliness is softened by the intriguing support networks the characters improvise.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Geriatrically paced but genuinely compassionate, Before I Forget introduces a world of ageing bodies, fading libidos and lives spent in thrall to fleeting pleasures.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Any film that boasts two jokes about Roland Barthes and one scene - surreal, deadpan, inspired - of superannuated cross-dressing will take its place, for some, near the front of the must-see queue.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It doesn't add up to much as a story, but as an account of a demi-monde defiant in its loucheness and loneliness it has its moments of odd grace.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent

It has the merit of drawing you into this depressing world with stoic realism. It's not, however, a bundle of fun to watch.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A quietly contemplative film about a man looking back on his life, this funny and heartbreaking film features several surprising twists that make it well worth a look.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

an intense character study

October 2, 2008 Full Review Source:

The visuals are stunning, as is the use of music...unforgettable.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

[Jacques] Nolot, in his actor's hat, creates a melancholy, often-sad character that I grew to have a great deal of empathy for.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

[A] strikingly different and oddly funny French drama about a 60-year-old former hustler-turned-writer whose later years aren't exactly golden.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not a lot of ground is covered, but that might just be the point. The end of days are near, and the film is the interim itself, watching a man wind down ever so slowly while trying for a few last gasps to stave it off.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

With verbose and eloquent characters (let alone the fog of cigarette smoke), Before I Forget won't easily shake off the label of a "French film," and all that that implies.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget)

"Before I Forget" is a downbeat character study in narcissism about Pierre(Jacques Nolot, who also wrote and directed), who when younger relied solely on his good looks to get him through life. Nearing 60, the last 24 years HIV Positive, he now has to pay for sex with younger men instead of the other way around. In fact, after a lifetime relying on physical and economical connections alone, he is deeply lonely and a series of psychiatrists cannot help him with his depression. Plus, he is not sure if he wants to subject himself to a new triple drug regimen.
June 7, 2009
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