Helen (2008)

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Critic Consensus: This enigmatic debut British/Irish feature is beautifully photographed and has an intriguing premise, marking its makers out as talent to watch.

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Filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy collaborate on this slow-burning mystery about a young loner named Helen (Annie Townsend), who becomes unexpectedly influenced by the persona of a missing girl after agreeing to assume her identity for a police reconstruction of the crime scene. The more Helen identifies with the girl police are searching for, the smaller the gaps in her own fractured life become.
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PG
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
New Wave Films

Cast

Dennis Jobling
as Mr. Thompson
Sandie Mahlia
as Mrs. Thompson
Charlene James
as Police Officer
Sonia Saville
as Officer Saville
Sandie Malia
as Mrs. Thompson
Sheila Hamilton
as Personal Advisor
Betty Ashe
as Key Worker
Gavin Huscroft
as Drama Teacher
Keith Saha
as Police Officer
Marti Williams
as Detective Williams
Maria Vishnjakova
as Hotel Chambermaid
Eddie Hardy
as College Lecturer
Paul Graham
as Hotel Manager
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Critic Reviews for Helen

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | January 21, 2013
Globe and Mail
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January 21, 2013
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for Helen

An ambitiously meditative film, but just as the story grips you it ends, leaving you mystified beyond the call of the enigmatic plot. Ultimately, Helen doesn't quite work, but it remains an oddly haunting experience.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

There are two directors listed on this. I'm wondering why it just didn't completely click for me. The film is well made by directors Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy, but that could be the reason. The performances by Annie Townsend, Sandie Malia, Dennis Jobling and Sonia Saville ar pretty good.

R Stern
R Stern

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