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Before I Disappear (2014)



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A troubled young man and his straight-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 (Shawn Christensen) decides to end it all-only to have his half-hearted suicide attempt interrupted by an urgent request from his sister (Emmy Rossum) to babysit her precocious daughter (Fatima Ptacek). So begins a madcap tour of Manhattan after dark, as uncle and niece find unexpected bonds in the unlikeliest of places. Ron Perlman co-stars in this hugely moving adaptation of up-and-coming director/star Christensen's own 2013 Academy Award-winning short Curfew. (C) IFC Films
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Fatima Ptacek
as Sophia
Emmy Rossum
as Maggie
Richard Schiff
as Bruce Warham
Fran Kranz
as Darren
Hani Avital
as Dead Girl
Joseph DeVito
as The Collector
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Blonde Woman
James Andrew O'Connor
as Security Guard
Víctor Cruz
as Terry the Doorman
David Pendleton
as Homeless Man
Kitty Mei Mei Chen
as School Moderator
J. Elaine Marcos
as Annoying Woman #1
Anthoula Katsimatides
as Annoying Woman #2
Mara Kassin
as Music Store Manager
David H. Holmes
as Hobo Hipster
Greg Connolly
as Woman's Husband
Camille Howard
as Detention Officer
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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

"Before I Disappear" would be a better movie if would-be triple-threat talent Shawn Christensen got out of his own way.

January 8, 2015
Seattle Times
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Before I Disappear is ultimately hampered not by a messy plot but by bland characters who, for the most part, don't so much talk to each other as they monologue at each other.

Full Review… | December 5, 2014
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It has the unfortunate taste of something lean that's been plumped up with empty calories.

Full Review… | December 4, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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"Before I Disappear" wears its big, aching heart on its sleeve with a sincerity so unwavering that it's borderline goofy. And in a film about a burnout bonding with a cute kid, that lack of self-awareness proves critical.

Full Review… | December 4, 2014
Arizona Republic
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Throughout the movie, you have the feeling of being dragged along on an impromptu journey by a filmmaker who is traveling without the benefit of a GPS device.

Full Review… | November 28, 2014
New York Times
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It's hard to take hectoring parent Emmy Rossum seriously, and there's too much troubling development tucked into a plot that already feels overextended. A surfeit of last-act explanations doesn't help either.

Full Review… | November 25, 2014
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Before I Disappear

Despite the critics' reviews, Before I Disappear was a pleasant and moving film unlike my expectations. It's beautifully shot, well acted, and has a pretty good soundtrack. Sure the slow motion sequences were unnecessarily long but the story is deeply emotional and tags you along until the very end in the hopes that the protagonist can heal his wounds and make peace with his existence. Definitely worth the watch.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

This is an excellent indie film, a family drama working its way though the two characters - sister and brother - via their own divergent demons through the sisters 11 year old gifted insightful daughter and his niece. She tempers his self-destructive seesaw as it slowly turns into a redemption. It us also a good look at the chaotic nightlife world these days which plays like the blur it is. The bottom line is a sobering look at love and what it can do - IF you can just let it. Remember "Chestnut" not once, but twice, second time bliss.

Vic Vargaz
Vic Vargaz

Excellent. This is such an awesome film. It's heartbreaking, dark, hilarious, and inspiring, all at once. I love Before I Disappear.

Stephen Skudlarek
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