God Help The Girl DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist
God Help the Girl

The Premise
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.

The Review
There have certainly been some very cool music themed arty films over the years. Most people were won over by the charm that was Once. Here we have another one of those films that you would nearly class as a musical if it weren’t for the way in which the songs are inserted. Although the songs fit in to the storyline, they are placed more as though they were music videos dropped in at strategic moments to aid the flow of the film. When the songs kick in, the style of editing and filming changes dramatically, which lends itself to a more fantastical element to the film.

God Help the Girl is exactly as the title surmises. A Girl who needs help, a girl who faces the darkness of depression resulting from an eating disorder and how her love of music and a few good friends help her to find the strength to overcome. The movie was the brainchild and was directed by Stuart Murdoch from indie folk band Sebastian and Belle. The whole thing was based on songs by Murdoch's side project band God Help the Girl. Hence the name. So for fans of his music, there will be plenty of musical interludes to keep you going…

The Verdict
A super interestingly put together hipster musical that takes you a fun yet challenging journey.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 1st April 2015
Rating: M – Contains offensive language, sexual references and drug use
Duration: 112 minutes 
Genre:  Musical Drama
Starring: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray
Director: Stuart Murdoch (Debut)

The Extras
Among boys in queue outside Eve's bathroom are Hannah Murray with a moustache and Anton's dummy.

Hannah Murray played Cassie in Skins. In this movie, her character's name is also Cassie.

NME Awards 2015 Best Film Nominee.

Premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on 18 January 2014.

The film served as the opening night film of the Generations section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival on 9 February 2014.

After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Amplify acquired the distribution rights of the film. It was released theatrically and video on demand on 5 September 2014 in the United States.