Helen (2008)



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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Dennis Jobling
as Mr. Thompson
Sandie Mahlia
as Mrs. Thompson
Sonia Saville
as Officer Saville
Charlene James
as Police Officer
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 (19) | Top Critics (3)

You couldn't call this audacious British debut a success; it's too arch, awkward and over-extended for that. But, oddly, it's those very same qualities which make it arresting to watch and which mark out its two directors as talents to keep an eye on.

May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Its beauty and sadness are simply overwhelming. Anglo-Irish cinema gets a new, fully-formed identity.

Jun 3, 2009

Given its harrowing theme, Helen is a beautiful and restrained work. The camera quietly and slowly glides along Helen's world, laying bare the loneliness of a marginalised girl who is longing to find a life of her own.

May 7, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Helen is an ambitious film, at once gripping and meditative, that touches with intelligence.

May 7, 2009 | Full Review…

Much like an ambitious video-art installation, it's intriguing, inconclusive and not as challenging as it wants to be.

May 1, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

With its unusual blending of the formal and the mysterious, the intimate and the impressionistic, Helen is a film of quiet but deadly power.

May 1, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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