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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.

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... Eve
... James
... Cassie
... Anton
Cora Bisset ... Miss Browning
... Ballerina
Mark Radcliffe ... Findlay
Stuart Maconie ... Donovan
Ann Scott-Jones ... Hairdresser (as Ann Scott Jones)
Josie Long ... Maxine
Pauline King ... Nurse
Kath Howden ... Ward Sister
Alex Klobouk ... Park Attendant
Paul Flanagan ... Joey
Michael Drum ... Matt from Wobbly Legged Rat
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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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Avalon [Spain] | Official Facebook |  »

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5 September 2014 (USA)  »

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Dziewczyny  »

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$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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Among boys in queue outside Eve's bathroom are Hannah Murray with a mustache and Anton's dummy. See more »

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[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 I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Pretty When the Wind Blows
Written by Stuart Murdoch
Performed by Emily Browning
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Unique and very likable.
7 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

God Help the Girl is a very unusual film because it is like combining an old fashioned musical with a modern angst-ridden coming of age movie. The overall results are extremely enjoyable and I was surprised that this hip film still appealed to a tragically un-hip old fogy like me!

Emily Browning plays Eve, an exceptionally depressed anorexic young woman who has been getting in-patient treatment for her illness. However, she disappears one day and soon meets a very nerdy looking guy, James. They are later joined by James' friend, Cassie, and the trio decide to form a band. Now this isn't the normal sort of indie/hipster band and the trio find that they actually have a really great sound (I was very impressed by the singing). What's next? See the film.

Throughout the movie, Eve breaks into song and the film has little surreal breaks during which the lyrics tell about her life and inner struggles. While Gene Kelly or Dick Powell might have done this during the golden days of Hollywood back of yesteryear, this is not something you'll see in films today. This gives the movie uniqueness. This, combined with the real likability of the quirky characters, gives the movie a charm that make it impossible to dislike. Try it yourself...I think you'll probably feel the same. And, you might just find yourself singing along with Eve or breaking into song yourself after the movie has ended.


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