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Helen (2008)

Unrated | | Drama | 1 May 2009 (Ireland)
Helen is a teenage girl who, when asked by the police to play the stand-in for a reconstruction, realizes it gives her a chance to confront her own troubled past.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Townsend ...
Sandie Malia ...
Dennis Jobling ...
Sonia Saville ...
Danny Groenland ...
Sheila Hamilton ...
Betty Ashe ...
Gavin Huscroft ...
Charlene James ...
Keith Saha ...
Marti Williams ...
Maria Vishnjakova ...
Eddie Hardy ...
Paul Graham ...
Middleton Anna ...


An 18 year old girl called Joy has gone missing. Another girl called Helen is a few weeks away from leaving her care home. Helen is asked to 'play' Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy's last known movements. Joy had everything. A loving family, a boyfriend, a bright future. Helen, parent-less, has lived in institutions all her life and has never been close to anyone. Gradually Helen begins to immerse herself into the role, visiting the people and places that Joy knew; quietly and carefully insinuating her way into the lost girl's life. But is Helen trying to find out what happened to Joy that day, or is she searching for her own identity? Written by Slater, Ben (III)

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Two girls are lost. One has disappeared, the other is trying to find herself.




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Release Date:

1 May 2009 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Helen - Autopsie d'une disparition  »

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£293,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Helen plays Joy but thats the last thing this will bring you
4 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I agree with jlon and arnold here. This film is really tedious, dull, leaden, plodding, nothing really happens... The comparisons someone made with Antonioni are good ones, somehow his films are riveting. Because they re cinematic. There's such attention paid to each shot, which slowly builds a mood and atmosphere. This isn t cinematic, it feels very limited. Its hard work, for no rewards. Antonioni s films are hard work, but somehow they pay off. This just got on my nerves. One critic calls it 'a resurgence of UK art cinema.' Gawd help us in that case. The acting just isn t, it plays like the characters are reading an autocue. Maybe this was deliberate. I ve decided now to boycott all British and Irish 'art' films excepting the superb Shane Meadows. They re just not worth wasting time with.

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