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“Before I Disappear” Movie Review

4-Watertowers Reviews College Scholarships(Disturbing Depiction of Dysfunction)

before I disappear“Before I Disappear” opens with Richie (Shawn Christensen) in a bathtub filled with red water. The phone rings and he opens his eyes, surprised that he is still alive. Bloody, he reaches out of the tub and answers it.

His sister, Maggie (Emmy Rossum), needs him to watch her 11 year old daughter, Sophia (Fatima Ptacek) for a few hours.  Brother and sister have not talked in ten years.

Richie describes himself as a bad person. Years ago he got involved with the wrong kind of people, drugs, and, now, is depressed about the death of his girlfriend, Vista (Isabelle McNally).

Richie wants to be with Vista…he wants to die. But he can’t die right now, because his niece needs him. Even the Angel of Death rejects him in a hallucination.

The more time Richie and Sophia spend together, the more Richie realizes that life might be worth living after all.

“Before I Disappear” is a disturbing look at drug abuse, depression, suicide, and, ultimately, life.


Shawn Christensen wrote this (and in fact won an Oscar for the short version, Curfew) and directed it.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Netflix, thanks Ryan!

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2 replies »

  1. I want to see this. I’m so a sucker for crazy/dysfunctional/messed-up people movies. Have you seen “The Skeleton Twins” (your intriguing synopsis of “Before I Disappear” reminded me of that film, it features mordant humor, dysfunctional family drama, and surprising performances from Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.)

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