Released Year: 2014
Runtime: 112 minutes
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Directors: Stuart Murdoch
Writers: Stuart Murdoch
Casts: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bisset, Sarah Swire, Mark Radcliffe, Stuart Maconie, Ann Scott-Jones, Josie Long, Pauline King, Kath Howden, Alex Klobouk, Paul Flanagan, Michael Drum
IMDB: God Help the Girl (2014) - IMDB
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5.9
Philadelphia Inquirer -
The film's conceit - mopey strangers meet, form a band, and take to the dance halls - has a Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney let's-put-on-a-show innocence, and exuberance.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) -
God Help the Girl is about aspirations and goals, musical or otherwise. Murdoch is working some things out here, gracefully on the whole. His own band has toggled between frail sincerity and pop mastery itself over the years. The former is more endearing and original, but it's not for everyone. Which is how I might describe his film.
Village Voice -
Browning captures Eve's weariness and enthusiasm, and her lovely voice and crisp delivery gives Murdoch's labored lyrics a vulnerable immediacy.
Arizona Republic -
It's adorable. It's also very thin. There's a disconcerting literalism to the songs' dramatic representation that chokes the drama.
God Help the Girl (2014)
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.