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

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Imprisoned by his past and unable to cope with the loneliness that permeates every aspect of his life, an HIV-afflicted 58-year-old man seals himself up from the world in order to embark on an inward journey in director Jacques Nolot's existential drama. Pierre is desperate to move past the suffering and overcome an unshakable case of writer's block. After ingesting some psychotropic substances in hopes that it will help to clear his mind, Pierre learns that an old friend who had ostensibly stood him up for a lunch appointment has in fact died. In the following days, this desperate lost soul will be forced to contend with the law, meet with a few long-lost friends, and make one last effort to fulfill his greatest fantasies with the help of a kindly gigolo. Perhaps Pierre's primary problem is that he was born of the wrong gender.

Cast

Gaetano Weysen-Volli
as le beau gosse du restaurant chinois Bruno
David Kessler
as le psy Manovsky
Jean Pommier
as Georges
Remy Le Fur
as le commissaire priseur
Jean-Bernard Pommier
as Georges le notaire
Lyes Rabia
as Khalid le livreur
Claudine Sainderichin
as la femme des assurances
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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8)

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 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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…

An unblinking portrait of a complicated, solitary gay man who has outlived his working years.

July 18, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5

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 | Rating: B-
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The film doesn't feel like a tragedy, but instead a droll slice of life -- perhaps a bit too muted and overlong, but often compelling in its own way.

July 14, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

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