Before You Know It trailer: The offbeat family Sundance hit readies for release

Before You Know It (2019)
Dir: Hannah Pearl Utt | Cast: Alec Baldwin, Mandy Patinkin, Mike Colter, Tim Daly | Writers: Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock

Ever thought one of your parents was dead only to find out they are a star of a low-rate daytime saop opera? If the answer is yes, you'll easily relate to Jen Tullock and Hannah Pearl Utt's Before You Know It. If not, then you might find plenty to laugh at too. It's a pretty wacky premise and judging by the trailer it looks like a film that won't be taking itself too seriously. It premiered at Sundance earlier in the year (where it also picked up a Grand Jury Prize nomination) and has picked up strong reviews on the festival circuit ever since. Watch the trailer for Before You Know It above.

Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment — along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan pre-teen niece Dodge — above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sister’s already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio.

Utt directs and also co-wrote the script with Tullock, with both of them starring in the film. Also featuring are Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin, Mike Colter and Alec Baldwin.

Before You Know It opens in the US on August 30, we're not sure if it will get a UK release.

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