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~ koziolek
nie jestem zdecydowana
~ muzka
MUS. 3o nie da rady więc 31
~ ewamkukula
troche basniowo, anglia, dziewczyna z domu dziecka
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Oby było tak dobre jak opis :)
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być może....
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do zastanowienia
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coś po angielsku, dla odmiany...
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troche to przerazajace....
~ ann.jpn
Helen życie nigdy nie rozpieszczało. Od urodzenia mieszka w domu dziecka, po godzinach pracuje jako sprzątaczka w hotelu, w szkole ma problemy praktycznie z każdym przedmiotem.
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dir. Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor / Great Britain, Ireland 2008 / 79’
subtitles: Polish and English
New Horizons International Competition


Annie Towsend, Sandie Mahlia, Dennis Jobling, Danny Groenland

Film description

Helen's life has never been easy. Since her childhood, she has lived in an orphanage; in the evening she works as a cleaner at a hotel; she has trouble with virtually every subject at school. She has no friends, family, or dreams. She is alone, killing time. But just before her eighteenth birthday, she gets an unexpected and ambiguous gift from fate - the local police ask Helen to appear on local TV, impersonating Joy, a girl who disappeared without trace. The title character enters the lost girl's life, meets her boyfriend, parents, wears her yellow jacket. Finally, she even starts to speak to Joy.

The first full-length film by the two Irish directors Molloy and Lawlor is an astonishing piece of cinema: like a hypnotic trance. The artists invite us to a medium-sized, clean English town with not mud or dust. The municipal parks are green and school buildings nice. Policemen are big-hearted and good, social workers are helpful and empathic. And all is somehow unreal, aseptic, as if covered with glass which subdues emotions and swelling traumas and dramas. Nobody but Van Sant in his Elephant, has ever spoken about youth so poignantly. The style of Helen is very similar to van Sant's work, but this film is enriched by the undefined fairy-tale aspect.

Jakub Socha

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Night and the City by Jules Dassin was specifically selected for the ENH festival by Almodóvar. This film inspired the Spanish master during his work on Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos).

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