Avant que j'oublie

  • 108'
  • France
  • 2007
In the last part of his trilogy about the lives of homosexuals, Jacques Nolot again plays his own leading man. In Before I Forget he plays the HIV-infected former gigolo Pierre, who has now seen better years and is doing less well than his friends, who managed to ensure a nice inheritance from their regular customers. Nolot's explicitly portrayed sexual transactions between the ageing men and a younger generation of exploiters may be confrontational, but his portrayal of the slow but sure demise of Pierre is also loving and filled with pleasant irony. The calm and well-dosed camerawork avoids false vanity and opens the door to an open-hearted settlement of fragile elderliness in a world that functions according to the rules of 'one good turn deserves another'.
The clumsiness of Pierre contrasts with the other men and forms an honest emotional backdrop for camouflaged rancidness and pretentious sponging. Sharp conversations between the characters betray a skilful dialogue writer who exposes - with few side tracks and a great sense of black humour - the most important motivating factor for each character: fear of being alone. Pierre is the personification of this, occasionally verging on the pathetic - but one wonders whether he really is any worse off than the rest.


Director
Jacques Nolot
Country of production
France
Production Year
2007
Festival Edition
IFFR 2008
Length
108'
Medium
35mm
International title
Before I Forget
Language
French
Producer
Pauline Duhault
Production Company
Elia Films
Sales
Colifilms Diffusion
Screenplay
Jacques Nolot
Cinematography
Josée Deshaies
Editor
Sophie Reine
Production Design
Gaëlle Guitard
Sound Design
Jean-Louis Ughetto
Cast
Jacques Nolot, Jean-Pol Dubois
Local Distributor
Cinemien