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Before the Dawn

By Alan Ng | November 2, 2019

Stripped from the headlines (from a few years ago), Jay Holben and Alana de Freitas’ Before The Dawn is a story of forbidden love between teacher and student. De Freitas plays high school teacher Lila Kendy, who moved to a new town to start a new life as the new high school teacher after her recent divorce. Also new to the school is the handsome, bad-boy student Jason (Jared Scott), who is there to get him out of a bad situation, so he doesn’t end up like his hoodlum brother.

Jason is not happy at his new school and could care less about studies. Lila’s not exactly having fun either. She’s continuously dismissed by snooty, fellow teacher Shannen (Carissa Dalton), and hit on by Coach Andrew (Houston Rhines).


“…Jason shows up distraught at Lila’s home. She says it’s inappropriate for him to be there…”

As luck would have it, Jason is a student in Lila’s class. She sees potential in him, that he doesn’t see in himself, and offers to tutor him after school. He quickly accepts. The two get along well…very well.

Later that night, Andrew takes Lila on a date to a local bar…where Jason also happens to be. Jason sees the couple and gets a little jealous. Eventually, Jason shows up distraught at Lila’s home. She says it’s inappropriate for him to be there. Days later, Jason shows up and its raining. Guess what happens.

Before the Dawn (2019)

Directed: Jay Holben

Written: Alana de Freitas

Starring: Alana de Freitas, Jared Scott, etc.

Movie score: 4.5/10

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"…it all starts professional, gets a little flirty..."

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  1. Precious says:

    Very interesting
    But the second part is very important to know if they (Jason and lila)ended up together

  2. Aces says:

    The predictability is what makes the movie soothing and calming. Kind of like binge watching a tv show that you grew up with. I too, liked the backstory of the main characters, and I do agree that the secondary characters were lacking.

    The movie indirectly answers your question re why she was seduced by Jason. She grew up in a dysfunctional household and as a result has abandonment issues – her mother gives us a glimpse of their family dynamic. She married a physically abusive man and while she was able to get away from him, she recreated the same situation with Jason and Andrew. I’m by no means victim blaming. We unconsciously replay our family roles over and over and over unless we deal with our trauma – which she has not.

    She chose Jason because he has some adult qualities about him that calms her (ie: his push for her to live in the present and not overthink), but he’s also inexperienced in life and so she has the upper hand. That imbalance of power is what makes her feel safe. Not to mention she trauma bonded with him when he came to her all bloody – she experienced this herself. So she doesn’t see him as a persecutor, even though his occupation is to be the aggressor.

  3. Idara James says:

    Please can I get the poem that Jason wrote?

  4. Minoli says:

    Does anyone know the song at the end of the movie?

  5. Theresa Ferrell says:

    This movie was very emotional the love they shared i cried at the end. They need a part 2 where Jason & Lila gets back together.

    • Lea says:

      Omg this movie was so good ..I hope he didn’t throw his life away and they get back together..he loves her so much there a sequel? I hate movies that leaves you wanting more ..I kept thinking he would get on the train,sit next to her and say I’m never letting you run from me ..

  6. Tunacious niloticus says:

    This movie is awesome, I really love it. Is there a crime with been with someone’s teacher? I think there should be a second part for this movie. Jason and Lila kendy love each other and should be given a chance to love.

  7. Grace Carol Yap says:

    I really need a part 2

  8. Victoria Mayorga says:

    I really need a part 2!!! We need to know if she ever goes back or if he ever goes and finds her!! Or something!! Give us something!!

  9. Em Heich says:

    I would really love to see part 2 of this.. I just love this movie..

  10. Muhammad Dangiwa says:

    This movie is very fascinating and also with lots of questions at the ending which makes every person feel comfortable if they will be part two of it so as to see what will happen to Jason and Miss Kendy alongside with the thugs he is trying to escape from and how both will make it right with their parents. So wonderful.

  11. Stella says:

    This movie actually opened a part of me
    Please I need the poem in a written form and the movie should not just end there

  12. Praise says:

    There should be a part 2…….I so love it. It really doesn’t have to end there, we deserve to know the outcome of the Robbery
    I also think the two main characters should end up together

  13. Fortune Japhet says:

    I need the poem please

  14. Amelia Castaño says:

    There should be a part 2. I want to know did he meet the thugs for the robbery? Did he get shot? Or did he decide to stay and not risk it? There needs to be a part 2.

  15. Isaac says:

    WAW I really loved that movie

  16. Turner says:

    What is the last song in the movie credits

  17. colleen says:

    Wow I just finished this movie and it was so good. I would love to see Jason and Lila come back to gether maybe 5 years down the road. Would love to see a Before The Dawn 2. Does anyone know if there will be a sequel?

  18. Allen says:

    I really want them to come back together( Lila and Jason) maybe after Jason finishes his college
    Am hoping for a part 2

  19. kevin says:

    I wwould love to watch part 2

  20. Ela says:

    Hope to see part 2 of this 😥 please

  21. Pomexi says:

    this is one of the movies I would definitely love to see a part 2..I really love the story and everything about the movie,kudos to the production team and part 2 in view

  22. Supermom4 says:

    I loved this romance movie. It’s the real deal. It’s a must to have a sequel part 2 of this. I need to know their future!

  23. Annette says:

    I enjoy the movie and I was wonder if these a part 2 to Before the Dawn.

  24. Anna says:

    okay but I have so many questions they have to make a part.2

  25. Isaac udoita says:

    I love d movie.. I totally agree with Makin g a part 2 of her returning or him going on after school to look for her..
    Wldnt mind if I feature in d next part for free… Isaac form Nigeria.

  26. Ace says:

    I loved the movie – make a 2nd one to follow up their future!

  27. Commanetha says:

    Love the movie it should be a part 2 of the movie with her coming back to him after graduation or he goes to find her

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