Before All Others

5.11 h 21 min2016PG
A young woman's world is turned upside down when she is struck with a paralyzing disease and forced to live with her estranged grandmother who she hasn't seen since she was a little girl. Rose, a widowed and lonely senior, finds a new purpose in life: to fix a 20-year-old family secret.
Auturo Gavino
Dave StoneKatherine Stewart
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English [CC]
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3.8 out of 5 stars

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Ann SherryReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Too Soft on Reality of the Sickness
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A young female dentist is stricken with Guilliane-Barre Syndrome and, rejecting the idea of a nursing home, must recuperate at her grandmother's cabin. They have not seen each other in many years, and the grandmother (who is a likeable character) has trouble herself getting around. I liked the humorous parts in the movie, and I liked all the characters. I did find trouble in the lack of research that was given GBS. The doctor in the movie said the woman would need to be taken care of totally. All the grandmother did was let her lean on her to help her in and out of her wheelchair. I don't know where the writer got the facts for GBS, but it is very,very rare and I don't think 98% of the cases recover totally. It is a life-threatening disease. The doctor explained it correctly in theory, but it just keeps going after the nerve cells, beginning with the extremeties, until eventually it paralyzes the breathing. I'm sure everybody that has had GBS had it in varying degrees. But I think they should have made it clear how rare it is and how a person with it may not make it, in part due to it being rare and it's like the last thing doctors test for - and meanwhile it's progressing. My husband almost died from it. He had to go to a specialty hospital and was given these very expensive bags thru a tube that somehow cured him. The woman stricken in the movie didn't even have a physical therapist coming to her grandmother's home. It showed her after some time on the floor doing exercises by herself. This would have been much more touching - and interesting to the public about this disease - if it had taken on the subject of GBS in the hellish glare a patient of it is, or could be, in.
24 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I LOVED this movie
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I LOVED this movie. Whomever said it's not worth must not have watched the same film. Sometimes we cant see the Lord working in our lives and we wonder if He is even there. But He is. He is guiding our footsteps and putting things in order for us. I can't imagine what it would be like to loose any of my abilities to move and take care of myself. This is such a heart warming movie and like someone else said the actors aren't what you think of as your typical actors, but that's what makes it perfect. They aren't influenced by todays sinful actors and are so sweet and pure. 5 stars from me.
32 people found this helpful
SugartownReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved this little movie because it brings a message of ...
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There are usually negative reviews on Christian movies where people complain about the acting or quality of production, but I generally ignore them. I loved this little movie because it brings a message of redemption, which is what Christ did for us on the cross... He died for our sins, and there is life in Him. I would rather see a low-budget Christian themed movie than one where I know an outrageous amount of money had been spent to impress beyond the message.
22 people found this helpful
Richard BuseReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I am glad we got to watch without paying.
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During the film’s first minutes, I thought my wife and I might be in for a good movie on how broken individuals are able to heal themselves through caring for others. The movie soon lost believability, though. To begin with, Guillaine-Barre Syndrome is a rather serious illness and a grandmother with her own health issues would have found it nearly impossible to tend to an adult granddaughter requiring 24/7 care. Full recovery occurred in an unbelievably fast manner without any onsite assistance from healthcare professionals. A widower befriending both patient and grandmother likewise overcame his grief and alcoholism in rather short order. I appreciate inspirational stories with happy endings as as much as anyone, but there needs to be some connection to real life for the story to have an impact. I am glad this movie was just a “free for me” selection for my wife and I.
4 people found this helpful
G. HallReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
I loved it except for the ending...
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I think this movie was really great up until the end. The end just seemed rushed and overly dramatized. Like they were trying to push the Lord in right at the last minute and weren't really sure how they were going to go about doing it. It may have played out better if her grandmother had been mentioning the Lord the whole time. It just made it sound pushy and rushed the way they played it out at the end. I really loved the movie and thought everything was going great until the ending. I almost question the rush job they put on the grandmother passing away. It may have been better to give it a month or so after the girl had recovered for the grandmother to pass away.
13 people found this helpful
MoanakaiReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting premise poor execution
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Definitely a Christian-based film but the plot didn't make sense in so many ways. I have had patients with Guillain-Barre and I actually knew many that died and it was not portrayed correctly medically; the granddaughter going to live with the grandmother who herself was disabled and unable to care for a patient that should have been heading in the direction of a total care patient herself was totally unrealistic; an alcoholic man from the church who had recently lost his wife and the granddaughter falling in love after a couple of meetings was definitely rather ridiculous, and the ending was so abrupt it left me aghast. Several editing errors also noticed that I won't go into; also the volume I had to keep turning it up and down because it varied so much, I assume because it was low budget. I'm giving it three stars because someone "tried" to make a decent Christian film which would have been better if it had appealed to a wider audience instead of "preaching" the same message over and over.
Rain CloudReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Abrupt Ending.
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This is a pretty good movie and interesting except that the grandmother talks to her dead husband (But try to imagine that's her imagination). The story is really good but apparently the budget ran out before it was done. I only gave it 4 stars. The 5th star represents the 20% they decided to skip at the end. The last 20 - 30 minutes was reduced to 20 - 30 seconds.
Basically, right at the critical part of the movie - instead of finishing the good story, they stop everything and say, "One month later". Then they show them all happy and everything worked out...even the flowers are blooming.
4 people found this helpful
coloradogal87Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Overall a good film, though I'm not giving it five stars
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Overall, I enjoyed this movie. I have a family member who was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, so parts of this movie really hit home. For the most part, I thought the acting was decent, and I enjoyed watching the moments between Rose and her granddaughter. There are two reasons I didn't give it five stars. One, though it's a Christian movie, the Christian message seemed to be, "Give yourself to Jesus and all your problems will be solved," which isn't what the Bible promises.

All the early believers and apostles - and even the Lord Jesus himself - had quite a lot of trouble in their lives. God is ultimately victorious, but that doesn't mean that trouble on this earth will all disappear once a person comes to salvation. We live in a fallen world. One day, God will remake the world as it will meant to be, and there will be no more death, or pain, or suffering, but right now, they are a part of our existence. What God promises is that he will be there with us as we suffer, and he will allow us to lean on him, and somehow, he will use these painful experiences for good, whether it be for our good, or the good of others. I wish the movie had discussed that, and gone into more depth about what it means when a person surrenders their heart to Christ.

Secondly, the end of the movie seemed rushed. I would have liked to see the characters actually decide to follow Christ, and I would have liked to see more of Rachel’s recovery. Instead, these things were implied, rather than spelled out, and it leaves you feeling like you missed some important developments. Similarly, I would have liked to know more about Rachel’s mother. It’s also not clear how Rose speaks with her deceased husband. Honestly, I think the film could have done without his ghost, and had Rose learn of her impeding death another way.

But, those issues aside, it was an enjoyable film for the most part, and I would watch it again.
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