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Director  Stuart Murdoch
Initial DVD release  April 14, 2015 (USA)
Language  English
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Musical, Romance
Duration  
Country  United Kingdom
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Writer  Stuart Murdoch (screenplay)
Release date  18 January 2014 (2014-01-18) (Sundance Film Festival) 5 September 2014 (2014-09-05) (United States)
Genres  Musical, Romance Film, Drama film, Music genre
Songs  Act of the Apostle
Cast  Emily Browning (Eve), Olly Alexander (James), Hannah Murray (Cass), Pierre Boulanger (Anton), Cora Bissett
Similar movies  Ratcatcher (1999), The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Ae Fond Kiss (2004), Pressure (1976), The Girl from Nagasaki (2013)

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God Help the Girl is a 2014 British musical drama film written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of the band Belle and Sebastian. It follows three friends who form a band in Glasgow. It was preceded by an album of the same name released in 2009. It received mixed reviews.

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Plot

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Eve escapes from the psychiatric hospital where she is being treated for anorexia nervosa and makes her way to Glasgow, hoping to become a musician. At a gig, she meets James, a lifeguard and aspiring songwriter. He introduces her to his guitar student Cassie, and the three become friends.

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Eve meets Anton, the arrogant singer of Wobbly-Legged Rat, a Glasgow band attracting attention from a local radio station. She gives him a tape of her music to pass on and they begin seeing each other.

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James convinces Eve she needs bass and drums to finish her songs. They and Cassie form a band, God Help the Girl, with some local musicians. Anton admits he never gave Eve's tape to the radio producers, saying she needs better production and musicianship, and they argue.

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James discovers Eve's relationship with Anton and becomes distanced from her. Feeling alone, Eve takes drugs and returns to hospital. She tells James she plans to attend music college in London, and they reconcile. After God Help the Girl performs their final concert, the radio station play Eve's tape. The next day, she leaves for London.

Cast

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  • Emily Browning as Eve
  • Olly Alexander as James
  • Hannah Murray as Cassie
  • Pierre Boulanger as Anton
  • Release

    God Help the Girl premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on 18 January 2014. It opened the Generations section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival on 9 February 2014.

    After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Amplify acquired the distribution rights of the film. It was released theatrically and video-on-demand on 5 September 2014 in the United States.

    Reception

    God Help the Girl received mixed reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 68% of 40 reviews have given the film a positive review, with an average score of 5.7 out of 10.

    Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote that God Help the Girl "is a slender exercise in self-conscious charm." David Fear of Esquire praised it as "rife with the kind of giddy thrills and hormonal flushes you associate with being a teen." Jonathan Romney of Film Comment Magazine said that "it's easy to categorize Murdoch's film as a vanity project, but if it is, it's a very honest one." David D'Arcy of Screen International said the film "has a soft whimsy that connects to a time before video clips put editing rhythms into overdrive." Xan Brooks of the Guardian gave the three out of five stars, writing: "It's warm and generous, verging on the sentimental; a film that crystallises the best and worst of Belle and Sebastian's songwriting skills." In Vulture, Nathan Rabin named the film one of 10 Sundance movies that "should have been hits", writing: "Murdoch has long been an extraordinarily cinematic songwriter, with a gift for conjuring up melancholy worlds with his words and music. With God Help the Girl, he proves to be a predictably literary and musical filmmaker ... God Help the Girl represents the perfect cinematic representation of Belle and Sebastian’s worldview, which, depending on your opinion of the group, is either high praise or a terrific reason to stay away."

    Leslie Felperin of the Guardian gave the film two out of five stars and called it "disastrous, fatally flawed by a shoddy script and poor direction, like something made by the most ostensibly talented guy at art school ... It's not funny or clever, or even musically very interesting. It's just bad." Rodrigo Perez of Indiewire wrote: "A major gaffe, God Help The Girl finds a great artist taking on a huge challenge and stumbling painfully on its ambition almost every step of the way." David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "an indie musical that feels like one long B-side."

    Sarah Sahim, writing for Pitchfork, called the film "an egregious mess" that romanticizes eating disorders, and criticised the film's lack of racial diversity as "a microcosmic view of what is wrought by racial exclusivity that is omnipresent in indie rock." Murdoch responded to Sahim's article on Twitter, writing: "God knows I've yearned to know and love women and men of many nations, but being a poor sick white boy from Scotland has dashed my ambitions."

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    References

    God Help the Girl (film) Wikipedia
    God Help the Girl (film) IMDb God Help the Girl (film) themoviedb.org


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