Whenever I hear the music of Belle & Sebastian (rare, but it happens) it reminds me of the scene in High Fidelity when Jack Black flipped out at the sound of it. Granted, their blissful sound isn't for everybody and those who aren't into it probably will stay away from God Help the Girl, the spirited directorial debut by the group's frontman, Stuart Murdoch.
Delightfully cheery with an upbeat, vintage tone that looks like a lot of fun, the film stars Emily Browning (last seen in Pompeii), Hannah Murray (Gilly on Game of Thrones), and Olly Alexander (Great Expectations) as a group of friends in Glasgow who form a band during one fanciful summer. It debuted at Sundance and word on the street wasn't terribly strong, but this trailer is unlike anything we've seen in a long time and that is reason enough for optimism. Certainly fans of Murdoch's style of pop music will want to check this one out and probably pick up the soundtrack. It's also a change of pace for Browning who has been in something of a slump of late, and it's good to see her in a film with some pep.
God Help the Girl opens September 5th.
SYNOPSIS: Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl called Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like Summer.