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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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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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Critic Reviews for Before I Disappear

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (15)

Christensen, who not only stars but writes, produces, and directs, does about a dozen things simultaneously that most movies can't get right individually.

June 7, 2016 | Full Review…

"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 | Rating: 2/4

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.

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

December 4, 2014 | Full Review…

"Before I Disappear" isn't a bad freshman effort, but it doesn't offer anything to set it apart from dozens of other indie dramedies.

December 4, 2014 | Rating: C+

"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.

December 4, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Before I Disappear


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

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

Super Reviewer


The narrative is completely overwrought with unnecessary plot lines and loose ends, but triple-threat Shawn Christensen knows what points to hit hard and hit them hard he does.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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