“God Help the Girl” is a drama film directed and written by Stuart Murdoch. The cast members include: Emily Browning, Hannah Murray, Olly Alexander, Cora Bissett and Pierre Boulanger. It opens in U.S. (limited) theaters on Sept. 5, 2014. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “God Help the Girl” synopsis and review.
“God Help the Girl” Synopsis:
The main character is Eve (Browning). She is a frustrated songwriter who is being treated for depression and an eating disorder. After going in a gig in Barrowland, Eve met James (Alexander), a singer and guitarist. James turns out to be the guy who takes care of Eve. Eve checks out of the hospital to live with James in his flat. She then meets James’ well-off student, Cassie (Murray). All three of them embark on a musical journey, thus forming a band.
“God Help the Girl” Review:
Xan Brooks of The Guardian described the film as loose and easy, almost lacking in organization.
“God Help the Girl comes loose and easy, verging on the slipshod. It’s warm and generous, verging on the sentimental; a film that crystallises the best and worst of Belle and Sebastian’s songwriting skills,” wrote Brooks in his review.
The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney noted in his review that the trio’s musical journey was lacking in meaning. Most of their time was spent if not kayaking in River Clyde, roaming around in parks or striking poses and talking about on what their music would be like.
“It feels like almost an entire film made up of airy filler in the absence of character development, tangible conflict, emotional insight or anything but the softest of resolutions,” added Rooney.
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