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Before you go (The memory of water)

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Does anything in life ever go to plan?

A family of sisters and their various menfolk have gathered for the funeral of their mother in a village on the east coast of Northumberland. The usual dignity is in short supply and what unfolds is the blackly humorous and often painful, rediscovery of a mother who none of them ever really respected, or even truly knew. Skeletons come tumbling out of cupboards and fond delusions are shot to pieces as each of the sisters, far from perfect lives, are revealed. A moral tale of the sins of the fathers (and mothers), with the strange humour that only siblings can display to each other. It becomes apparent that the mother they thought they had left behind still runs through them, like wine through water.

Persons of interest

  • Julie Walters .... Theresa
  • John Hannah .... Mike
  • Joanne Whalley .... Mary
  • Victoria Hamilton .... Catherine
  • Patricia Hodge .... Violet Heaney
  • Tom Wilkinson .... Frank
  • Hugh Ross .... Mr Berry
  • Dermot Crowley .... Father Cunningham
  • John Biggins .... Dougie
  • Jemimah Gosney .... Young Teresa
  • Rosie Evans .... Young Mary
  • Martha Gosney .... Young Catherine
  • Harriet Newman .... Teenage Mary
  • Shelagh Stephenson .... Screenwriter
  • Lewis Gilbert .... Director

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Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital AC-3 stereo
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Special features:
    • Biographies: Cast and crew

Security censorship classification

M (Drug use, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

91 minutes (1:31 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 23 July 2003
VHS rental: 23 July 2003
DVD retail: Undated November 2003
VHS retail: Undated November 2003

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