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Helen (2008)

Unrated | | Drama | 1 May 2009 (Ireland)
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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 ... Helen
Sandie Malia ... Mrs Thompson
Dennis Jobling ... Mr Thompson
Sonia Saville ... Police Officer Saville
Danny Groenland ... Danny
Sheila Hamilton ... Personal Advisor
Betty Ashe ... Key worker
Gavin Huscroft ... Drama teacher
Charlene James ... Police officer
Keith Saha ... Police officer
Marti Williams ... Detective Williams
Maria Vishnjakova ... Hotel chambermaid
Eddie Hardy ... College lecturer
Paul Graham ... Hotel manager
Middleton Anna ... College student
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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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Helen - Autopsie d'une disparition  »

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£293,000 (estimated)

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$8,551 (United Kingdom), 3 May 2009, Limited Release
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A good idea gone wrong
28 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

A college student, Joy, goes missing and the police enlist the aid of another student, Helen, to re-enact Joy's last movements. Helen, an orphan brought up in an institution, lacks everything Joy possessed - family, personality,intelligence, a boy friend. But as her impersonation progresses she starts to hijack Joy's life, including her family and boy friend.

This great idea for a film is sabotaged by poor direction and acting. Apart from the lead actress, the actors are wooden (and occasionally downright bad -- I think I could do better myself!). The direction is amateurish.

Camera work and editing is professional and well done. The script is adequate.

I suspect the producers found themselves financially strapped and had to make do with second rate actors. Helen has the seeds of a good film; seeds that fail to sprout.

Worth seeing if you are studying film


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