God Help the Girl

This is the directorial debut of indy band Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch.

It starts with quirky but cool Eve escaping from a psychiatric hospital, to burst into song through the streets of Glasgow, where she meets several budding musicians, they form a band and though not a lot really happens, but it happens well.

The songs are incredibly simple, but beautiful; the scenery of Glasgow, Scotland’s centre of music, is a mix of Victorian stone buildings, parks and idylic canals.

It is a paean to both the city and a nod to lots of hip 60s films as well as Scotland’s own Gregory’s Girl. It is romantic, dreamy, and at times utterly nonsensical, but always fun. A fantastic feel good romance, a genre I usually avoid, but here handled with such skill and gentleness. I loved it.

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