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God Help the Girl
Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a group.
like THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT remade as a twee Glaswegian John Hughes movie. it'll be *too* twee for some people, but thank god i'm not one of them. i loved every shaggy second of this plotless, ramshackle pop musical (it helps that i'm rather fond of the actual music).
and Emily Browning... dream waif. somewhat uncomfortable that this unexpected but admirably blunt anorexia story features so many incredible costumes that just *beg* viewers to slim into them.
God fucking help me more like. I had reservations about this because I'm pretty anti-twee cunts but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway because its something different and I don't really mind B&S.
At least the songs are good? I mean Emily Browning is good, but she always is, but I got better things to give a shit about than twee posh wettys pissing around, you know? There's no depth here, there's an attempt to shoehorn some ~serious issues~ in but for real, this film would be better if it was just unabashed, shallow indie pop cuntery and was done with it.
Also why is this nearly TWO HOURS long, get a grip.
I think I'll stick with Coppola's for my pretty dresses and cute faces and no depth and a COMPLETE LACK OF DIVERSITY t h a n k s.
At some point about halfway through the film I found myself asking the screen in front of me, “What is this film even about?” There are two different films playing. One is a story (though a very incoherent one) of a young women suffering from anorexia finding her way back into the world through music. And then there is a collection of music videos about charming young people doing charming things. The only relation between the two is that the same characters are in them, but thematically and narratively they have nothing to do with each other. This is a film that you could fall asleep for a good portion of, and not miss anything of importance.
The plot follows…
God help me, sorry, the songs were cute at first but...WHAT WAS THE POINT????????????? Couldn't even finish watching this, what a pain in the....
While I enjoyed the music, I failed to see any point to this story and hoped to see more of the Glasgow I know on screen.
Still if you want to see Emily Browning in 500 different stylised indie outfits acting like a Glasgow uni student living in the west end, then this is your film!
A musical dramatization of the album written by its director for his band Belle & Sebastian.
Strangely, all the shaggy, “first movie” problems the film inherently suffers from – which would in most cases grate – add to the film’s charm. Though the whole thing might be too cutesy for some.
Admittedly, this perspective on the film is not exactly singular.
There's something infectious about a film that wholly embraces its id and commits all in; and "God Help the Girl" is all-in twee. Like its antecedent, "A Hard Day's Night", "God Help the Girl" exists to showcase the music, and the numbers are charming, if a tad precious. Mostly breezy and self-contained, the film still manages to be touching in minor scenes like a casual lover's betrayal or a platonic "thank you" kiss that stirs unplatonic longings. The tone and writing do not bear the weight of the later suicide attempt, but to Murdoch's credit, he seems to know this and moves on quickly.
Watched this twice in succession. I liked it quite a lot.
Bruce Handy offers an interesting defense of the notion of "twee" in Vanity Fair here.
Unfortunately, Anchor Bay chose to issue this only on DVD with no blu-ray in the U.S. The picture quality of the DVD is not optimal.
I was kinda hoping for more from this movie. As a concept it was great, the execution was okay which made the whole film lacking .
That said the performances were great in a way that they were right on tone with the film. I just thought that tone was a bit bland.
The indie movie to end all indie movies, God Help the Girl is overflowing with tight-panted bands and eye-catching hats. That it's also a musical means there's plenty of opportunity for the characters to sing directly into the camera about how emotionally deep they are. Director Stuart Murdoch, best known for his music career in Belle and Sebastian, tries his hand at filmmaking here, and in the moments where he's successful, I'm inclined to give more credit to the actors. His debut is a series of 20-something tropes run into the ground by lyrics full of navel-gazing and the misplaced ennui of beautiful people. Musicals aren't a preferred genre, and that trend continues here. Hannah Murray is delightful in her…
O que poderia dar errado em um romance meio musical hipster sobre uma garota problemática escrito e dirigido pelo vocalista do Belle & Sebastian? Nem queriam saber. O filme tem seus momentos cutes, mas é bem chatinho. Parece mais um videoclipe do Belle & Sebastian com 1h40 de duração, ou seja, não. E me pergunto se algum dia a Emily Browning vai fazer algum filme bom.
The mumblecore version of a musical. The roughly strewn together choreography and dreamy, wall breaking song delivery evoke musical videos, and the distinctly everyday British charms remind you of the movie works of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.
I feel like I was not the target audience for this movie, but it was one of the most charming movies I've watched in a long time.
There is a piece of dialogue in this film which is "I want a story with a happy ending" this was when I truly fell in love with this film
I first saw this last year at MIFF and after 70 + sessions this was by far the best film now only of the Fest but the best film I saw last year its such a shame that it never found a cinema release here
A musical where the songs actually drive the plot. Eve is a young girl who writes songs to help herself over emotional issues
I can't recommend this film highly enough and it should be seen by all
fun and enjoyable yet serious music good
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