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Before We Say Goodbye

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  • Actors: F.X. Gurrola-Gal, Maria Elena Montoya, Diana Padilla Juanita Sena-Shannon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: INDIEBLITZ
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008I5OIIE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Before We Say Goodbye"" deals with four generations of an Hispanic-American family living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from the crusty tequila-drinking great grandma to the rebellious all-American teenager who prefers Taco Bell to the food at her parents' Mexican restaurant.

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This is a cute little low budget film which will make most Hispanics of the Southwest smile. The same way Mexican comedian George Lopez makes his audiences laugh by poking fun at his roots, this movie does much the same. It touches on many facets of the local New Mexican culture like religion, immigration, pregnancy, and the prioritization of brothers over sisters.

Anglo's (non-Hispanics) who have never experienced the culture may find it more difficult to find the humor since there needs to be some sense of understanding of where it is coming from. Having said that, it does give the non-Hispanic a glimpse into the Southwestern Hispanic culture which some may find interesting. On the other hand it could reinforce some negative stereotyping which some Hispanics would disagree with. The acting reminded me of the cheaply made Mexican Novella's (soap operas). No matter how over the top the acting may be, you can still get into the story and laugh and cry at times. Beware there are some Spanish swear words used in the movie..and of all people by the grandmother.

The music is the brightest part of the movie. It is excellent and plays well to the theme of the movie. The DVD includes three separate music video's of the artist performing. $19.99 for this DVD? Probably over priced, but I considered it a contribution to supporting the local Hispanic film industry of which there should be more films with such a potentially large audience. It is a shame this film isn't available on Netflix where it could gain some broader exposure to its intended audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FILM EMBRACING ONE'S HEART AND SPIRITUALITY August 5, 2013
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I have an aversion to kitchen sink melodramas and while I hesitated before viewing this film, I was overjoyed and elated to discover that movie people can actually produce a film about day-to-day real-life situations and keep the viewer totally absorbed. "Before We Say Goodbye" is the story of an Hispanic-American family living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's the story of Ramona and Carlos Garcia, the parents of four grown up children and grand-children who each are suffering through their own individual problems. The contrasts are vivid from the crusty tequila-swigging great-grandma to the rebellious teen who prefers Taco Bell delicacies to the food created in a Mexican Restaurant owned and operated by her hard working, almost bankrupt parents. The film is a tapestry of four generations each with distinct and deteriorating situations. Sitting in a hospital bed for the entire movie, Carlos played admirably by F.X. Gurrola-Gar, manages to mentor his family members with wisdom and right living. His adoring wife Ramona, played by Juanita Senna-Shannon, unable to believe Carlos is dying, struggles to keep the family together culturally and spiritually. Desperately seeking a miracle for Carlos, she goes to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City and there in a memorable performance is seen crawling on her knees displaying heart-rending faith. A fabulous cast and powerful performances by Gurrola-Gar and Senna-Shannon. Directed by Paul Davids who was also co-writer with Patricia Crespin, this is a movie that deeply embraces one's heart and spirituality. I just did not want to see the closing credits come up. It's one of those movies.
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