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Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) Reviews

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April 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 18, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 14, 2008
There is not a single laugh or really emotionally involving moment one can cling to here.
April 17, 2009
It has the merit of drawing you into this depressing world with stoic realism. It's not, however, a bundle of fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 15, 2008
What saves Before I Forget from unenlightening depression is not just Nolot's refusal to beg for audience pity, but also his dry sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2008
an intense character study
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 18, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2008
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.
April 21, 2009
Made on a modest budget this is a brave film from writer-director-star Jacques Nolot who brings an unflinching honesty to his performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2008
It's a simple-looking film with a complicated center. But there's a kind of sadness in the film that remains untapped, perhaps because Pierre himself isn't ready for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2009
A sombre description of age and regret delivered with a deceptively light touch. Wry, tender, full of sympathy and wonderfully acted by Jacques Nolot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 17, 2009
Geriatrically paced but genuinely compassionate, Before I Forget introduces a world of ageing bodies, fading libidos and lives spent in thrall to fleeting pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
August 4, 2008
[Jacques] Nolot, in his actor's hat, creates a melancholy, often-sad character that I grew to have a great deal of empathy for.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 4, 2008
The visuals are stunning, as is the use of music...unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 18, 2008
An unblinking portrait of a complicated, solitary gay man who has outlived his working years.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 19, 2008
[Jacques] Nolot writes, directs, and stars as Pierre Pruez, an HIV-positive bottom boy-no-longer who navigates his ruined life and beauty with aplomb.
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