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58th BFI London Film Festival Review – The Way He Looks (2014)

17 October 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Way He Looks, 2014.

Directed by Daniel Ribeiro.

Starring Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi and Tess Amorim.

Synopsis:

Leonardo, blind from birth, discovers that he is gay and in love with Gabriel, his best friend. Amidst school projects, a need to break free from his parents, and the changing dynamic in his friendship with Giovanna, whom he’s known since childhood, Leonardo begins to understand himself, and to believe that a future with Gabriel could be possible.

Writer-director Daniel Ribeiro returns with a feature-length version of I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone, his award-winning short film starring Leonardo, Gabriel and Giovanna.

Set in São Paulo, Brazil, The Way He Looks follows the story of Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo), a teenager blind since birth, as he discovers his sexuality and his feelings for the new boy in town, Gabriel (Fabio Audi). Along with his childhood friend Giovanna (Tess Amorim), who seems »

- Kat Kourbeti

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Ciff Day 1: ‘The Way He Looks’ and ‘The 100 Year Old Man…’

13 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There’s a reason you go to film festivals, and it doesn’t always have to do with the lineup of movies. You could probably convince yourself that you’ll eventually watch The Imitation Game on Netflix, but the real reason to actually make a point and see it at a place like Ciff is that there’s nothing quite like a festival audience. Watching any movie with a large group of people who are dedicated to film and to being attentive and active during a screening can inherently enhance the experience of watching it. When you’re watching a crowd pleaser, that experience can increase tenfold, in that you’re actually watching that film with a crowd that’s waiting to be pleased.

In the case of the first two films I saw this weekend at Ciff, the Brazilian coming-of-age drama The Way He Looks, and the outrageously dark »

- Brian Welk

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Saturday Morning Cartoon: The Woozy Animated Music Videos of Belle and Sebastian

6 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Stuart Murdoch, lead singer and songwriter of Belle and Sebastian, has directed a movie. It is called God Help the Girl, it stars Emily Browning, and it opens this weekend. It’s obliquely autobiographical in a sense, its protagonist a spiritual stand-in for the musician. It is also not animated. In fact, there isn’t all that much animation tied to the work of Belle and Sebastian in general. The Scottish indie pop group has mostly stuck with narrative-minded live-action videos over the course of their career. There isn’t even a French cartoon based on the children’s book from which the band took their name, “Belle et Sébastien,” though there is a Japanese anime series from the early 1980s. All 52 episodes are on YouTube. However, that sort of tenuous excuse to watch a cartoon won’t be necessary this week. Belle and Sebastian have actually made two animated music videos, both »

- Daniel Walber

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Prepare for 'God Help the Girl' with these 5 Belle and Sebastian movie cues

5 September 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

This weekend marks the limited and VOD release of God Help the Girl, a musical from Stuart Murdoch, best known as the lead singer of Belle and SebastianGod Help the Girl, which emerged out of a musical side project for Murdoch, follows three friends who start a band during a summer in Glasgow. It has, yes, been described as “twee,” a word now practically synonymous with Belle and Sebastian.

Belle and Sebastian’s music—cheery melodies paired with vivid, often melancholy lyrics—often feels cinematic, thanks to the band’s knack for weaving intricate mini-stories. In that way, it »

- Esther Zuckerman

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You’ll Either Adore Emo Musical God Help the Girl Or Run Screaming From the Theater

5 September 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Chances are, if you don’t find yourself with an overwhelming need to strangle every single person onscreen, you might actually like God Help the Girl. Written and directed by Belle and Sebastian front man Stuart Murdoch, this emo musical might be the most Belle and Sebastian–y movie imaginable. It tackles subjects such as depression, mental illness, and anorexia — as well as romantic jealousy, coming of age, and the joys of creating beautiful art — and fuses them with adorably ramshackle song-and-dance numbers. And how you respond to those numbers will determine how you respond to the movie.Our heroine is Eve (Emily Browning, never more luminous), a young Glasgow anorexic who one night runs into James (Olly Alexander, never more nerdy), a guitarist whom we first meet arguing with his bandmates onstage. (A funny, throwaway visual gag: Right before they throw down, he and his drummer take off their »

- Bilge Ebiri

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‘God Help the Girl’ is a spotty but largely winning pop musical

4 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

God Help the Girl

Written and directed by Stuart Murdoch

UK, 2014

In 2009, Belle and Sebastian mastermind Stuart Murdoch released a concept album under the guise of God Help the Girl, the name of both the album and the collective of musicians behind it. It was a break away from his Scottish band’s usual stylings in that it was primarily penned for female vocalists known and unknown, though male singers like The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and Murdoch himself made memorable appearances on a few tracks. Additionally, while Belle and Sebastian’s most beloved songs can often be taken as their own singular, compelling tales, the God Help the Girl album was a larger narrative project, with the songs tracking protagonist Eve through various woes and successes. Five years later, a long-gestating film adaptation of the album has arrived, courtesy of producer Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) and some support through Kickstarter, »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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Review: God Help The Girl Is Sweet but Never Saccharine

4 September 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

God Help the Girl is a sweet indie pop musical about a girl in recovery from a severe eating disorder. The girl in question, Eve, is played by Emily Browning, a lovely young actress who has been in some really crap movies (as well as the great A Series of Unfortunate Events). When we first meet Browning she is sneaking out to go to a rock show in Glasgow, singing the first of the movie’s songs, “Act of the Apostle,” about her trip. After the concert she meets James (Olly Alexander), whose disastrous set ended in a fight with his own drummer. Alexander realizes that she is too weak to get home on her own steam and helps her back to the clinic where she is being treated for anorexia. When she leaves, she seeks him out, and they become the best of friends.

The musical was written and »

- Mily Dunbar

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“Making a Great Movie Music Moment”: Stuart Murdoch on God Help the Girl

4 September 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

There’s a certain rhetoric about the “perfect pop song” that feels like it peaked 25ish years ago somewhere on a bus in the UK, where earnest young people bonded over shared cultdom to pass the time, the guiding sensibility that (random example) led Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins to approach future bandmate Steve Daly because of a Buddy Holly button he was wearing — a sign they had more to talk about than initially evident. This kind of living through music is the force powering Belle and Sebastian leader Stuart Murdoch’s directorial debut God Help The Girl, an indie pop […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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Emily Browning is adorable in the trailer for musical God Help The Girl

4 September 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Not as many people are familiar with Scottish band Belle and Sebastian as they should be. Led by Stuart Murdoch, Belle and Sebastian have been releasing their distinct brand of indie pop for almost twenty years. In 2009, Murdoch released an album called God Help The Girl which he envisioned as the soundtrack for a film he wanted to make. Now, five years and one crowdfunding campaign later, the movie is a reality. Starring Suckerpunch's Emily Browning and Game Of Thrones' Hannah Murray, »

- Alex Maidy

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Jarvis Serenades the Stars of God Help the Girl

3 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

- By Jarvis

I have an obvious obsession with anything remotely musical, so you can imagine just how excited I was when I ran into the cast of the new movie God Help the Girl. I mean, Omg!

I met Emily Browning, who I loved in Sucker Punch, Olly Alexander from Skins and my favorite new band, Years & Years, and Hannah Murray from my hands down favorite show, Game of Thrones. All three, together in a movie musical and also in my little elevator. Be still, my beating heart!

Meeting one celebrity is enough to get me humming, but three celebrities practically calls for an opera. So of course, I sang a few questions to them, and thank God they sang back. Though I was totally stalking them, I felt like we were four best friends catching up in a elevator. We talked about their adorable new movie, what it was like filming in Scotland, »

- Rahsheeda Ali

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New Clip from God Help The Girl

30 August 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

God Help the Girl was one of my favorite movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, the film follows Eve, who is “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 pop group.” Also, it is an indie-pop musical. But it isn’t twee. Strong performances by Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, and Hannah Murray hold down a whimsical, emotionally resonant coming of age story. Also, the songs are really good.

The clip features the song "The Psychiatrist Is In," and it is from early in the film when Eve and James are just getting to know each other. 

God Help the Girl opens in select theaters and VOD on September 5.

Source: Vulture »

- Mily Dunbar

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Brighten Your Day With This Delightful Number From the Belle and Sebastian Musical

29 August 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It’s a quiet Friday and you’ve got the whole holiday weekend ahead of you, so why not start the proceedings on a light and airy musical note? We’ve got just the thing for that: an exclusive three-minute musical sequence from the new movie God Help the Girl (out September 5), written and directed by Belle and Sebastian front man Stuart Murdoch and spun through with songs from his 2009 album of the same name.One of the highlights of that record was “The Psychiatrist Is In,” and the knowing, witty song is the centerpiece of this scene, which finds Eve (Emily Browning) playing armchair analyst to her new friend James (Olly Alexander). The irony is that though she dons a lab coat for this number, Eve is actually playing hooky from the psychiatric institution where she’s being treated; a restless singer-songwriter, Eve would much rather be out on the town, »

- Kyle Buchanan

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The Guardian Film Show: Lucy, God Help the Girl, What If and Two Days, One Night - video reviews

22 August 2014 5:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Catherine Shoard and Henry Barnes join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team watch Scarlett Johansson amp up her noggin in Luc Besson's pop science thriller Lucy; Daniel Radcliffe damp down the laughs in relationship comedy What If; the Dardennes brothers employ Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, a drama about social justice in the job market; and a bunch of indie darlings warble around sunny Glasgow in Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch's God Help the Girl

Working on a higher level than video? Listen to the audio-only version of this week's show Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger, Jonross Swaby and Joan Portillo

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God Help The Girl, film review: Playfulness rekindles memories of French New Wave films

21 August 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

The occasional awkwardness of God Help the Girl is part of its considerable charm. The writer-director Stuart Murdoch (from the band Belle and Sebastian) captures the strange mix of vulnerability and arrogance that its young musician protagonists share. They want, as the bespectacled James (Olly Alexander) puts it, to "place a small flag in the timeline of pop history". They may be pretentious but they are never cynical. »

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God Help The Girl, film review:

21 August 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

The occasional awkwardness of God Help the Girl is part of its considerable charm. The writer-director Stuart Murdoch (from the band Belle and Sebastian) captures the strange mix of vulnerability and arrogance that its young musician protagonists share. They want, as the bespectacled James (Olly Alexander) puts it, to "place a small flag in the timeline of pop history". They may be pretentious but they are never cynical. »

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Film Review: 'God Help the Girl'

20 August 2014 2:48 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆Scottish musicals are a lot like buses - you wait years for one to come along and then two arrive near simultaneously. Following Dexter Fletcher's all-singing, all-dancing Proclaimers crowdpleaser Sunshine on Leith last year, Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's Glasgow-set debut, God Help the Girl (2014), is a far smaller, quainter and cooler affair. For better or worse, it's close to watching one of their records writ large on screen, with their whimsical but doleful tunes intact. While Murdoch's directorial style will be too arch at times, it ultimately wins you over like a breeze of fresh Caledonian air. Emily Browning plays Eve, a lonely, anorexic twentysomething in a Glasgow hospital.

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- CineVue UK

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God Help The Girl Review

19 August 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Stuart Murdoch

Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 111 minutes

Synopsis: Set in Glasgow Scotland over a long summer, we follow Eve on her road back to health after suffering with an eating disorder. Whilst healing through music she crosses paths with James and Cassie, two peers who share her musical affinity.

God Help The Girl is a film directed by the head of band Belle and Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch. The film follows manic-depressive, anorexia-recovering Eve, played by Emily Browning. Eve wants to sing, and will do anything to make her dream come true, even if that means escaping the hospital where she is being cared for. After escaping Eve bunks with James, a romantic idealist who is worn-out by the music scene after being part of a band that fell apart. The two begin a rather coy and intense friendship/flirtation as they then go »

- Kat Smith

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Watch the teaser trailer for God Help the Girl

18 August 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Like your movies indie with a Instagram-filter style lenses and eccentric retro dress sense? Then you should probably check out the teaser trailer for God Help the Girl below…

God Help the Girl is a coming of age tale set in Glasgow over the course of one hazy summer.  Written, directed and with original songs by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and SebastianGod Help the Girl is a story of a young girl’s problems entering adult life, uniquely told through a soundtrack of indie pop. God Help the Girl stars Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Magic Magic), Olly Alexander (Great Expectations and the forthcoming The Riot Club) and Hannah Murray (Skins, Game of Thrones) and was produced by twice Oscar-nominated producer Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums). The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2014 and was awarded a special jury prize at the festival. God Help the Girl »

- Oliver Davis

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Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch Previews New Film 'God Help the Girl'

15 August 2014 9:43 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Belle and Sebastian honcho Stuart Murdoch's first foray into the world of film, God Help the Girl, will see release in theaters and on-demand on September 5th. The movie tells the story of Eve, an aspiring songwriter who meets fellow musicians James and Cassie during her first summer in Glasgow. Murdoch wrote and directed the film, and has now released a clip in which the trio's newly formed pop outfit performs one of Eve's songs for the first time.

"This is the first time that the three friends get together with the other musicians, »

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Teaser trailer for ‘God Help the Girl’, a musical by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian

17 July 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

God Help the Girl is a long-gestating musical film project from Stuart Murdoch, leader of Scottish indie pop group Belle and Sebastian. Having first released an album of the same name in 2009 with the help of various female vocalist collaborators, the first-time screenwriter and director finally got the intended film off the ground thanks to the efforts of Us producer Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Bridesmaids) and some Kickstarter donations.

Shot and set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film follows the initially hospital-bound Eve (Emily Browning), who takes on songwriting to help her woes, collaborating with musicians James (Olly Alexander) and Cassie (Hannah Murray). Murdoch’s film got fairly positive buzz from its world and European premieres at Sundance and Berlin respectively, winning an award for its ensemble cast at the former festival.

Some early reviews made some very enticing comparisons to the work of both Jacques Demy and Scottish »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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