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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.
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 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 doubt StuMo has another of these in him, as, well, I doubt he could ever make a movie about anything else, but hey, there are worse things than the occasional free-form indie musical, and what a relief it is to have a movie comfortable in its tweeness and unpretentious about it. Emily Browning was born for this role.
Right off the bat let me state that I find it hard to be fair when it comes to musicals because I do not get them; I do not, for the most part, like them; I do not understand why they exist to be quite honest. The only musical I've ever enjoyed would be Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory because those musicals numbers made sense in the scheme of things. I mean Willy Wonka was slightly unbalanced and breaking into song was part of that.
The music in Stuart Murdoch's debut, God Help the Girl, is quite good if you're into the album that came out back in 2009 or find yourself enjoying Belle and Sebastian on a routine basis.…
For my particular micro-generation of faux-sensitive teen losers, Belle & Sebastian were our Smiths—maybe even our Beatles. You're dealing with someone who subjected his senior-year English class to a full boombox listen of "Expectations" (off the debut Tigermilk, natch) as part of a group presentation on the theme of—I guess—expectations. Who among us can't remember walking around our hometown on a rainy afternoon, listening to "Lazy Line Painter Jane" on repeat via discman and failing to understand either the song or the new and unnameably complex feelings it stirred within us?
So the notion of a Belle & Sebastian movie (which isn't exactly what this is), written and directed by indie pop's most weltschmerz-inducing songsmith Stuart Murdoch, would have been terribly exciting…
Anything I say about this movie would be influenced by my passion for Stuart Murdoch's band, Belle and Sebastian. Anyway, a nice sad-feel-good movie
A young woman who is being institutionalized for an eating disorder is bored with her everyday and dreams/hopes of escaping the humdrum and starting a band. As she walks out one day with a small supply of meds, she finds two like-minded youths who'd like to start a band ... and they do.
The film is all a tad bit twee but I have to admit to it being rather infectious. Not all of the songs are overly snazzy or memorable but God Help the Girl lets us know ALL of our lives are worthy of a musical number now and then.
Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) stars as the tired and fatigued waif, Eve, who wishes life was all happiness…
It's very enjoyable if you really love this kind of music.
I had BIG expectations for this film. I mean, it is by the lead singer of one of my beloved bands, so why wouldn't a musical by him be nothing but amazing? WELL, boy was I wrong. I mean, for starters, the music that the bands makes, including the lyrics, are a collaboration between all of them. This is clearly felt in the musical arrangements and the lyrics, which were more descriptive about what was going on than anything clever like the lyrics from the band, that, granted, do the same but they're MILLIONS of light years better. What can I say, a disappointment...
I was not familiar with the music of Belle and Sebastian before going into this movie, but I saw it anyway because I like musicals. Ultimately, I could not connect with the film in any legitimate way. Even the music itself feels kind of artificial and just a little ironic. Good performances throughout, but nothing about the movie really struck me.
Bodrio. Intenta ser tan indie que se les ha ido de las manos.
Saw as part of a double-feature with "The Trip to Italy," during my first visit to Real Art Ways in Hartford. Perhaps my appreciation for this one was mitigated by my anticipation for "The Trip to Italy," which I was anxiously awaiting throughout the overlong runtime of this film. On the positive side, I didn't find Stuart Murdoch's direction to be overwhelmingly twee, as I was afraid of that. It was also entertaining to see Hannah Murray (Murphy?) in a role outside the dreary environment of "Game of Thrones." Emily Browning, God bless her, looks like a mannequin.
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Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl called Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like Summer. While I can admit that this film isn't for everyone. It charmed me from the beginning. Then Again this was a film I looked forward to and met all my criteria. It is a sensitive film that might be too soft for some out there. It was perfect to…
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Under the Skin
- Gone Girl
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- Inherent Vice
- Two Days, One Night
- Dear White People
- Listen Up Philip
- Hard to Be a God
no order in particular (that's (partially) a lie). not necessarily films I know I'll like, just things I'll watch. click…
- Long Distance
- Advanced Style
- An Honest Liar
- The Grandmaster
List of feature length films at Melbourne International Film Festival 2014.
Screening 31 July to 17 August.
FYI: Last year…