There are those who love the music of Belle and Sebastian and there are those who just don’t get it. Stuart Murdoch weaves meandering, fargile, poetical odes to break-ups and hook-ups that are hopelessly romantic and sincerely indulgent.
So too is his directing debut, God Help The Girl, the Glasgow-set musical tale of Eve (Emily Browning), a depressive pixie girl who escapes from the hospital to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. With James (Olly Alexander), a clumsily geeky guitarist, and Cassie (Hannah Murray) a fellow singer, by her side, Eve’s warm and dreamy musical trio tries to turn non-believers into devotees. If you’re familiar with the twee-before-twee-was-a-word films of Scottish film director Bill Forsyth (Gregory’s Girl, Comfort And Joy), you’ll find yourself enchanted by this lo-fi spritz of mixed-tape magic.
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Director: Stuart Murdoch
Screenwriters: Stuart Murdoch
Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray