Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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…
I think my Belle & Sebastian-loving days are over.
While the songs are enjoyable, the film lacks any resemblance of a script, is overlong (2 hours?!), does not feature enough of Josie Long, and is more about pouting girls than anything else. Olly Alexander is endearing, but as he can't pout, he's never given centre stage.
The mental hospital scenes are too much of a mid-2000s, 'Skins'-y, teenaged girl's fantasy - it's no coincidence Hannah Murray stars as a character called 'Cassie' in both. Mental health problems were the biggest fashion accessory during those years at my secondary school, and I feel it's hugely unhelpful to people with problems that this film half-arsedly throws in an eating disorder and glamourises mental health institutions as places you can check out of any time you like. Eurgh.
Bill Forsyth + Bande à Part + a posh Scottish girl with Adèle Exarchopoulos lips = my kinda party.
I love Belle and Sebastian. I love romantic comedies / dramas. I love movies that are twee and earnest, and I'm not opposed to musicals. So why didn't I love this? Well, it's a little stiff. It's clearly a first feature, and Stuart Murdoch, writer / director / frontman of Belle and Sebastian has some trouble integrating the music. The dialogue scenes are a little stilted and he doesn't quite have a handle on the tone of the film, rendering it quite clunky in places. But I still liked it. It's charming and fun, and how often do modern day musical coming of age romances come along? If it's reach exceeds its grasp, the reach is still admirable, and the grasp is enough.
I thought the obvious amateurishness would get old after a while and the flaws would become paramount, but I was wrong; it's the songs and the feelings that get stronger. I love this film more every time I see it.
I don't know why. But I can't help but love this pretentious artsy film.
Yeah, not into this one.
I now wonder what it was that made me want to watch it in the first place. I think I'm sort of filling in some gaps after Sing Street and The Commitments and this really does pale in comparison.
The musical numbers are a bit low key, but present the only bit of ambition in the entire film. The three leads look good together, but Emily Browning acts all of them under the table.
And the bits between the musical numbers really do leave a lot to be desired. The dialogue made me cringe, the poor direction made me queasy and actual story made me sleepy.
At 90 minutes, this might have been a lean bit of fun, but it really does drag at close to two hours, especially when there's so little of interest going on between the songs.
I put off watching this for so long. A film the Guardian called 'a big smeary mess of twee' made me cautious; would this Scottish-set musical be a hipster annoyance or would it be a whimsical little gem?
Actually in the long run, it is neither. It's not as irritating as you may think, but Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch's inexperience as a film maker means this is far from being a gem and that's despite the strong, achingly beautiful trio of Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray, and - as if especially included just for me - Radcliffe and Maconie, Josie Long and a brief shot of the divine Harriet Wheeler in the opening credits. Still, I have to…
+ algumas músicas, olly alenxader, hannah murray
- TUDO, principalmente quando ela cantava diretamente para os espectadores que cringy
I never knew how much I wanted to see Olly Alexander as an awkward Glaswegian lifeguard.
I think this is what it would be like if your favorite fictional character were brought to life and it turned out that s/he had a horse's head or a frying pan for a face or something. If this is what Belle & Sebastian music *looks like*, in other words, I'd prefer to pretend it never happened. Only minimally even fulfills its basic promise -- a musical with the songs from the recording, which came out years prior -- since many of the numbers are backgrounded and most of the ones that aren't end up being performed on stage. Though maybe it's for the best, since when Murdoch (who displays zero filmmaking talent) shoots integrated musical numbers they resemble music videos that a high-schooler might make. I see some folks were charmed by this, but about the only thing I found charming here is the way Olly Alexander pronounces "Edinburgh."
God damn this soundtrack. I wish I loved this film more but the two narrative threads of a girl coming to terms with her mental illness and the creation of a indie band just felt too disjointed. It's a musical feast with many musical numbers making the film feel like a long stream of well made music videos, which I actually didn't mind. I enjoyed this and seeing the lead singer of Years and Years in a leading role was interesting, but the lacking narrative didn't quite make up for the endearing style.
Also, my official head-canon, Cassie in this film is the same Cassie from Skins.
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