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God Help the Girl (2014)

Unrated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 5 September 2014 (USA)
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As Eve begins writing songs as a way to sort through some emotional problems, she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own.


Stuart Murdoch


Stuart Murdoch (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Browning ... Eve
Olly Alexander ... James
Hannah Murray ... Cassie
Pierre Boulanger ... Anton
Cora Bisset Cora Bisset ... Miss Browning
Sarah Swire ... Ballerina
Mark Radcliffe Mark Radcliffe ... Findlay
Stuart Maconie Stuart Maconie ... Donovan
Ann Scott-Jones Ann Scott-Jones ... Hairdresser (as Ann Scott Jones)
Josie Long Josie Long ... Maxine
Pauline King Pauline King ... Nurse
Kath Howden Kath Howden ... Ward Sister
Alex Klobouk Alex Klobouk ... Park Attendant
Paul Flanagan Paul Flanagan ... Joey
Michael Drum Michael Drum ... Matt from Wobbly Legged Rat


Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl called Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like Summer. Written by bcm

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

5 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dziewczyny See more »


Box Office


$1,850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,330, 5 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$101,542, 3 October 2014
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Elle Fanning was cast in the role of Cassie, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and Hannah Murray was later cast. See more »


[first lines]
Findlay: [on the radio] You could argue even, you know, Nick Drake's mystique is a lot to do with him not being around, d'ya know what I mean? If Nick Drake was now on Chatty Man with Alan Carr talking about his new record, that mystique would be dissipated, wouldn't it?
Donovan: No, you're absolutely right, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Findlay: Age shall not wither him, you know what I mean? He's frozen at that moment.
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References Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009) See more »


If You Could Speak
Written by Stuart Murdoch
Performed by Emily Browning, Hannah Murray and Olly Alexander
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24 September 2014 | by century_of_fakersSee all my reviews

Having read the reviews, I wasn't really sure what to expect when I began seeing GHTG. I should say that I have been a B&S fan since 1997 or 1998 when I discovered "If you're feeling sinister" and I have all their releases up until 1998 as well as the debut album of Gentle Waves. Their music has really influenced me as a person and I really was curious of what a film based on their songs would look like.

I felt happy watching GHTG but it was also really emotional. Being in my mid-30s it reminded me of my dreams as a teenager and I began asking myself if there's still time to accomplish them. I strongly identified with the character of James and his search for the perfect moment, which makes it impossible to enjoy life. I recognized Eve in the many talented, self-destructive, impulsive people I have met in my life and all the opportunities I had to make my life a little more interesting.

GHTG is full of color. The characters dress up in all kinds of costumes, and yes it is unrealistic but I think what many fail to realize is that our fondest memories are usually very different than what we really experienced. Everything is more colorful and stylish in our memories, like a Belle and Sebastian album cover.

I had read that there is no plot to the movie, but I don't agree at all. I think both Eve and James are wonderfully developed characters and Cassie is also an interesting character whose presence makes the story better. And the music is also wonderful. I was very pleased with Emily Browning's singing performance. She not only has a great voice but she also seemed to be really invested in the songs which made her character more believable.

I loved the film's bittersweet ending as well as the many funny and awkward moments (James fighting his drummer, James and Eve showing up at Cassie's house or the drunk Scottish boys whose accent Cassie couldn't understand). This may not be a film for everyone, but I think the world would be a better place if more people listened to Belle & Sebastian and all I can do is thank Stuart Murdoch, the actors and everyone else involved in making this film.

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