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Before the Fall (2016)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 May 2017 (USA)
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A re-imagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern day, rural Virginia with Elizabeth Bennet as a man. Ben Bennet is an affluent but seemingly arrogant attorney who ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Sharrett Ethan Sharrett ... Ben Bennett
Chase Conner Chase Conner ... Lee Darcy
Brandi Price ... Jane Gardiner
Jason Mac ... Chuck Bingley
Carol Marie Rinn Carol Marie Rinn ... Cathy Burge
Jonathan Horvath ... George Wickham
Bryan Pridgen Bryan Pridgen ... Kittner Frost
Daniel Wallen Daniel Wallen ... Lyle Jennings
Clayton Van Huss Clayton Van Huss ... Prosecutor
Garrett Jackson Garrett Jackson ... Judge Jakson
Wes Ross Wes Ross ... Bailiff
Lance Blaylock Lance Blaylock ... Policeman
Donnamarie Emmert Donnamarie Emmert ... Blind Lady
Donna Gayle Akers Donna Gayle Akers ... Cabo Lady
Sandy Schweingruber Sandy Schweingruber ... Receptionist


A re-imagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern day, rural Virginia with Elizabeth Bennet as a man. Ben Bennet is an affluent but seemingly arrogant attorney who unknowingly insults Lee Darcy, a detached factory worker wrongly charged with domestic abuse. Both men form an immediate dislike for each other which becomes a significant problem when Ben falls in love with Lee.

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A re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

30 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

До осени See more »

Filming Locations:

Abingdon, Virginia, USA See more »

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Washington House See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jane Gardiner: I hope I'm not defined by the worst thing that I've ever done.
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It's all about Chase Conner
8 November 2018 | by hughman55See all my reviews

After my first viewing of this film I was struck by two things; 1) the poignant and restrained performance by Chase Connors, and 2) how weak the overall quality of the film was; overwritten screenplay, choppy editing, unimaginative scene blocking, and a serious lack of chemistry between the two male leads, most of which was not their fault of the actors. The screenplay had so many subplots that were unsupportive of the main storyline that, as it pertained to developing the arc of their story, these two guys just got left in the back seat of the car. We're shown their story. We're, at least I, just not given enough of them to buy it.

Then I rewatched it and picked up on some really good aspects of the film that were overshadowed by its weaknesses the first time. The cinematography; no, not the easy layups of the Virginia landscapes in Fall. That's the easy stuff. Instead I was more drawn to some of the angles and mixtures of straight on shots with blocked shots within the same scene. It's really well done throughout. As well, the film has a beautiful, and simple, musical score. It is just enough to propel the story; and just as importantly, fill in when the story is becomes unfocused.

Chase Conner's performance stands out but other supporting members are excellent too. Carol Marie Rinn, as the unlikeable girlfriend of Lee Darcy (Chase Conner), finds angles and levels of a fairly simple character, enough to keep you wondering just how much, or whether, you'll end up disliking her. Ethan Sharrett as Ben Bennet gives a wonderfully endearing performance with complexity. His facial expressions reveal myriad competing thoughts as they ricochet through his characters mind. For me, though more than equal to the challenge, he was miscast.

However, the strongest aspect of this film is the performance by Chase Conner. I would love to see him in a better version of this film doing this role just as he does it here. With very little dialogue he embodied the conflict and brokenness of Lee Darcy. He knows how to be on the periphery of a scene, and without saying a word, reveal more of his character to the viewer. And the dialogue he does have - I can't imagine it delivered any better. He's an enormously gifted actor with that rarest of acting skills; the ability to pull away from the camera which pulls you, the viewer, further into the story and closer to his character. Why is he not in more films? I would love to see what he does with other material.

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