Before We Go

Art’s unique power is in its ability to give shape to the amorphous and reach beyond reason. Artistic expression defies explanation and refuses to rationalise the abstract. How can this be of use to the terminally ill in their battle with conflicted and inchoate thoughts?

In the film three terminally ill people meet with choreographers, musicians and actors. The meetings give the dying a chance to communicate through art. There’s no need for words because bodies can express themselves. When life is fleeting, pain draws the outline for the body. The connections between mind and body become visible, and the real is discovered in touch with the other.

The film is poetic and open for interpretation. It deals with letting go and last goodbyes but also reminds that death is not without mercy. There is a rhapsody for life playing as well. Dance, music and motion turn into reminiscing and giving thanks to a body that has enabled so much. The dying are not the only ones letting go and bidding farewell: their designated artists have to do it too. Their communication reminds that one day they will face the same.

Text: Suvi Annola / Translation: Tapio Reinekoski

Languages: French, English
Subtitles: English



  • Director: Jorge León
  • Country: Belgium
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 82 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Rémon Fromont, Jorge León, Thomas Schira
  • Editing: Marie-Hélène Mora
  • Audio: Quentin Jacques
  • Music: Liesbeth Devos, Walter Hus, George van Dam, Alexander Verster
  • Production: Julie Freres / Dérives


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