Helen
United Kingdom (GB), Ireland, 2008, 79 minutes, SD
Helen Synopsis

An 18 year old girl called Joy has gone missing. Another girl called Helen is a few weeks away from leaving her care home. Helen is asked to 'play' Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy's last known movements. Joy had everything. A loving family, a boyfriend, a bright future. Helen, parent-less, has lived in institutions all her life and has never been close to anyone. Gradually Helen begins to immerse herself into the role, visiting the people and places that Joy knew; quietly and carefully insinuating her way into the lost girl's life. But is Helen trying to find out what happened to Joy that day, or is she searching for her own identity?

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Reviewed by Janney
Saw this film at the cinema - and it does help to see it on the big screen, because a lot of the atmosphere is in the imagery. This is... more
Saw this film at the cinema - and it does help to see it on the big screen, because a lot of the atmosphere is in the imagery. This is a very slow film, so it might not appeal to many, but I loved the slowness of it - as a window into the sense of directionlessness the main character is living with, and how seeing into someone else's life makes her more aware of that, it does a brilliant job.
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