Before You Know It

A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters Rachel and Jackie Gurner into a literal soap opera. A journey that proves that you really can come of age, at any age.
September 2019
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Director: Hannah Pearl Utt

Starring: Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light, Mike Colter, Mandy Patinkin, and Alec Baldwin

 

2019, USA, 98 minutes, Digital, NR

Language: English

Distributor: 1091 Media

Program Notes

Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment—along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan preteen niece Dodge—above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio.

Official Selection:

Sundance Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival

Critics' Praise

“A strong debut that pushes the boundaries of what movies made from the female gaze can mean to audiences of all kinds.”
— Beandrea July, The Hollywood Reporter

“A refreshing comedy… A noteworthy work from an upcoming dynamic duo, co-writers Hannah Pearl Utt and Jen Tullock, who have a chemistry that you want to see in more films, especially if they’re like Before You Know It.”
— Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“A surefooted debut that promises writing partners Utt and Tullock… are as dramatically competent as they are sweetly sardonic.”
— Lena Wilson, The Playlist

“A low-key charmer that promises great things from the pair. This is Utt and Tullock’s world, and they’d love for you to be a part of it.”
— Kate Erbland, IndieWire


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