Helen Review

When, after 18 years in care, Helen nervously begins life on her own, she finds solace with the family of a disappeared teenager.

by Anna Smith |
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Release Date:

28 Apr 2009

Running Time:

78 minutes



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When a student goes missing, shy college mate Helen (Annie Townsend) agrees to stand in for her in the police reconstruction. By retracing her last steps, care home girl Helen glimpses the life she never had — loving parents, friends, a boyfriend…This Brit drama scored at festivals with its haunting score and crisp visuals. Less welcome is the am-dram support. Beyond Townsend, all the talent is behind the lens, although the script from writer-directors Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy doesn’t deliver what it promises either. Much like an ambitious video-art installation, it’s intriguing, inconclusive and not as challenging as it wants to be.

Brit drama that promises much but ultimately fails to deliver.
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