God Help the Girl

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.
Director(s): Stuart Murdoch
Production: Amplify
  3 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min


You could argue even, you know,

Nick Drake's mystique is a lot

to do with him not being around,

d'ya know what I mean?

If Nick Drake was now

on Chatty Man with Alan Carr,

talking about his new record,

that mystique would

be dissipated, wouldn't it?

No, you're absolutely right,

yeah, yeah, yeah.

Age shall not wither him,

you know what I mean?

- He's frozen at that moment.

- Ian Curtis.

And it's a slender body of work,

Ian Curtis has got two albums.

And of course, people who never

knew the band at the time,

guys our age, "Blimey did you

ever see Joy Division?"

I said, "Yeah, about 30 times,

they were always around,

I was bored with them," but the

mystique builds inextricably.

Starting to think that

both of us still being here

is rather a kind of tired,

bourgeois thing to do.

- What are you saying?

- I'm not saying anything, mate.

Anyway, this is Findley

and Donovan

and coming up later,

Wobbly Legged Rat, who,

if you've been a regular

listener to this show,

you'll know we're very keen on.

Looking forward very much

to seeing them

tomorrow, live in Glasgow.

And later on in this show,

we have Gabriel and Damascus.

I'm bored out my mind

Too sick to even care

I'll take a little walk

Nobody's going to know

I'm in senior ward

It gives you

a little free time

I'll just use it all at once

Took the fence and the lane

The bus then the train

Bought an Independent to make

me look like I got brains

I made a story up in my head

if anybody would ask

I'm going to a seminar

I'm a genius

I'm a prodigy

A demon at maths and science

I'm up for a prize

If you gotta

grow up sometime

You have to do it

on your own

I don't think I could stand

to be stuck

That's the way that things

were going

The Bible's my tool

There's no mention of school

My Damascan Road's

a transistor radio

I tune in at night when my mum

and my dad start to fight

I put on my headphones

And I tune out

I am devout

The girls'll sing about

my life

But they're not here,

they've got the wild life

If you want to find out,

find out

You have to look them

in the eye

That's why my only choice

Is find the face

behind the voice

I know what they're after

This life is kind of boring

Kids don't want you

He's gotta play

the record, hey

The kids are gonna want you

Thank you, thank you, people.

We are Wobbly Legged Rat.

This song is for you.

Eins, zwei, drei, vier!

Oh yeah

Hello, we are King James

the Sixth from Scotland.

Yeah, we're just... we're kind of

trying that name out,

so if you get any ideas,

just shout them out.

All right!

Come on, get started!

Right, just...

We want Anton!

I want Anton!

One fine day,

I'm gonna leave this town

I'm gonna run with the deer

I'm gonna swim

like a swimming thing

I've had it with this,

girl, I've had it with you

At least look at me when

I say that we're through

And I'm done

This is actually...

it's quite a good song

if we could play it.

All I can hear

is the bloody drums.


Fight, fight, fight!

Fight! Fight! Fight!

You're a bloody

tea drinker, pal.

You shouldn't be in a band!

Are you okay?

You're the guy from the fight.

My guitar got it worse.

You don't look so good.


I was just gonna come

and check your pulse,

see if you were still alive.

Who are you again?

Oh, James, the guitar player.

So, do you have a job or do you

just make money playing guitar?

No, I work at the university

swimming pool.

- I'm a lifeguard.

- Lifeguard.

I see, you're always

saving people.

Grab the ring and just calmly

swim back.

Here is the safeness.

Yeah, when I get the chance.

This is my stop coming up.

So, thank you, lifeguard.

I know where to find you.


Eve, come back here!

Eve, wait, hey, wait.

Come, come, come here.

Let's get her in

to one of the single rooms.

I'm fine where I was.

Well, you should've thought

about that before.

So, we've had the police

looking for you.

You've wasted our time

and the police's time.

You've put yourself

right back where you started.

So, you're gonna stay

in the single room

that we've got for you.

You'll have no visitors.

We're gonna take your phone

and your books

and you'll have a nurse

watching you at all times.

Morning, Eve.

Come on.

Thank you.

Step on for me.


Okay, this is your life.

People need to start

at the bottom

and work their way up, okay?

So, if you don't have

the basic things, like food,

water, sleep,

you can't go anywhere.

Only when you have those,

you can proceed up

to the next level

where you have a home,

family, friends,

have money to get by.

You have well-being,

relationships, sex.

And then you could move up

to this top layer,

where you have art,

morality, music.

And these things can catch you

if you fall,

but if you try going

for this top layer first

and there's no support,

then the whole pyramid

just crashes down.

So, it's as simple as that,

is it?

Yup, it is.

Don't worry about it.

Your stomach shrunk,

it's not used to a full meal.

I've been crying all day.

It's pathetic.

It's maybe not such a bad thing.

It's progress.

Two weeks back, you wouldn't

have been able to,

but now that you're

eating again,

your body is waking up.

You're feeling things again.

That's good.

And what if everything

I'm feeling is sh*t?

That's the hard part.

Do you ever think about

writing your feelings down?

So, how are you liking it here?

It's fine.

It's not like I have anything

else important to do

at the moment.

But you will one day.

All right, that's you're done.

Pretty when the wind blows

I love my tree in autumn

Like I love my tree

in summer

Like I love my tree

in winter

They locked me in a room

And I thought of you

in autumn

And I'm sad I won't

see you again

Pretty when you sing me

a new song in autumn

And a new song in winter

And a new song in summer

Pretty when you put down

your bow and come over

With the smell

of your breath that I love

With the look in your eye

That I love

Eve, can you tell me

when the last time was

that you felt good?

I don't know, really, I mean,

I guess everything sort of

started going downhill

after I moved away

from home, you know?

What did you love

when you were young?


I loved reading, I kind of loved

being by myself, I suppose.


Watching movies, dressing up.

I know I have to eat,

I know how to eat.

I know I wasn't

looking after myself,

but I'll do okay.

Why don't you try

for a music school?

I could help you

with the applications.

Well, I might do one day,

but right now,

I just wanna get back to life.

But your life before

you first came in here

was a disaster, so it has to be

a different life.

And I've got a plan

that involves

a gradual reintroduction

to your life,

combined with a step by step

reduction in your pills.

And how long's that gonna take?

Enjoying our time in Glasgow,

very much so.

They "Kissing in the

Red Zone" hit makers,

we can now say Wobbly Legged

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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