Before I Fall

Ry Russo-YoungUSA99 minutes2016PGColourEnglishCanadian Premiere

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A high school girl is stuck reliving the day of her death for a week and must untangle the mystery to discover everything she's in danger of losing, in indie darling Ry Russo-Young's (Orphans, Nobody Walks) adaption of the wildly popular novel Before I Fall.

Intro and Q&A with director Ry Russo-Young and actor Zoey Deutch Samantha "Sam" Kingston (Zoey Deutch), a high-school student who seems to be in her prime: pretty, popular, and poised to have a charmed existence. With a circle of friends who reign in the hallways and drama-driven cafeteria, and a boyfriend (Kian Lawley) who completes the image of a perfect life, Sam barely twinges when her friends choose to use their position to demean and target a classmate they've labelled as "odd." When it all comes to a head at a house party and tragedy soon follows, Sam wakes to find herself reliving the same day and desperately tries to change the outcome.as she experiences grief in various stages. Before I Fall reveals the importance of being true to yourself and the peace that comes when we finally drop the expectations surrounding whom others expect us to be.

EMILY SCHEER

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