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Before You Know It (2014)



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The subjects of BEFORE YOU KNOW IT are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But BEFORE YOU KNOW IT is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it's a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie. An affirmation of life and human resilience told with humor and candor, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT confirms that you are never too old to reshape society. (c) The Film Collaborative

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Critic Reviews for Before You Know It

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

In the end, one wonders exactly what Raval wants to say here except that the challenges of growing old in America are not confined to one sexual orientation or another.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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A bittersweet documentary that follows three gay men in different parts of the country who feel time and change breathing down their necks.

June 5, 2014
Seattle Times
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[An] engrossing documentary.

Full Review… | May 30, 2014
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Raval's unobtrusive camerawork makes it easy to fall in love with these three.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
Village Voice
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As it hops across the country, the film depicts a generation that has seen profound advances in gay rights but struggles with common issues of aging.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
New York Times
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The sober doc tacitly raises new arguments for gay marriage.

Full Review… | May 28, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Before You Know It

Such a wonderful film viewing experience - heartwarming, humorous and humane. Provides a window into the worlds of three everyday, yet extremely compelling, characters, and tells its story with such great joy and compassion. It's a documentary about gay seniors, but is really about aging, the human condition, and the dreams that unite us. Highly recommended.

Jacob Tully
Jacob Tully

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