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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 Annie Townsend ... Helen
Sandie Malia Sandie Malia ... Mrs Thompson
Dennis Jobling Dennis Jobling ... Mr Thompson
Sonia Saville Sonia Saville ... Police Officer Saville
Danny Groenland Danny Groenland ... Danny
Sheila Hamilton Sheila Hamilton ... Personal Advisor
Betty Ashe Betty Ashe ... Key worker
Gavin Huscroft Gavin Huscroft ... Drama teacher
Charlene James Charlene James ... Police officer
Keith Saha Keith Saha ... Police officer
Marti Williams Marti Williams ... Detective Williams
Maria Vishnjakova Maria Vishnjakova ... Hotel chambermaid
Eddie Hardy Eddie Hardy ... College lecturer
Paul Graham Paul Graham ... Hotel manager
Middleton Anna Middleton Anna ... College student
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2009 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Helen - Autopsie d'une disparition See more »

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Budget:

GBP293,000 (estimated)
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Desperate Optimists See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Interesting story.
24 July 2015 | by tao902See all my reviews

A drama about a teenager, Helen, who has been in care for most of her life.

A student at the local school Helen attends has gone missing and Helen volunteers to take the part of the missing girl in a police reconstruction. She gradually immerses herself in the role of the missing student and meets the girl's parents possibly as a way of trying to find what was missing from her own life in care and possibly as a way of finding her own identity.

A nice idea for a story but not big enough for a feature length film. A slow movie which is patchy in places.


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