Watch: Helen 2009 123movies, Full Movie Online – Helen has it all: friends, an attentive second husband, a cheerful teen daughter, musical talent, and a university teaching job. Then, something’s amiss: is her husband cheating, does she have a fatal disease, does her past haunt her? There’s a quick hospitalization, a disclosure, a bond with one of her students, Mathilde, and a dark chasm that seems to be opening in front of her: can Helen do anything about the problem she won’t discuss, or will it swallow her?.
Plot: On the outside, Helen has it all – a loving family and a successful career – but when her suppressed mental illness resurfaces, the world crumbles around her. Crippled by depression, Helen finds solace through her friendship with Mathilda, a kindred spirit struggling with bipolar disorder.
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|6.2/10 Votes: 2,105|
|44% | RottenTomatoes|
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|N/A Votes: 46 Popularity: 4.74 | TMDB|
Ashley Judd tries hard
Helen Leonard (Ashley Judd) is a talented pianist and university instructor. She has a great second husband David (Goran Visnjic) and teenage daughter Julie (Alexia Fast). She is fascinated with student Mathilda (Lauren Lee Smith). She is racked with anxiety and gets hospitalized where she finds Mathilda. Dr. Sherman (Alberta Watson) is her therapist. After struggling back home, she tries suicide and gets sent back to the psych ward. She finds solace with fellow patient Mathilda and eventually goes off to live with her.
Ashley Judd certainly tries hard to do some big time acting. Quite frankly, the acting is perfectly good. Lauren Lee Smith has a good role. However the movie has too many slow moving quiet scenes. It doesn’t move enough to be compelling. It is a slow tired depressing watch. It’s probably realistic but I’ve never liked watching depressed characters. They’re a downer and this movie is a downer, too.
I am a retired Physician. I may have a different outlook on this film
First of all, I love Ashley Judd and I will watch any movie she is in. She puts at least 100% into any role she plays.
My review here is not about Ashley (I apologize, as I said, I love her). My review is about Lauren Lee Smith – an actress I don’t see enough. She is absolutely wonderful. I first saw her in 9songs. A movie I watched because a patient recommended it for a reason I won’t discuss. That female patient told me to watch as a man looking for beautiful nudity (not porn). So I watched it and I did see the beautiful nudity but, if you can skip though the god-awful music (not my generation), Lauren is so great you can see why I try to see all of Lauren’s work. She is amazing. She obviously takes parts that need this type of actress. She brings real life action to the usual US-repressed/suppressed sexuality movies. Thankfully, that seems to be changing. I think we need more reality in our movies and TV. Most other countries are far ahead of the US, but we will get there eventually.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr (120 min) (Sundance) (USA)
Director Sandra Nettelbeck
Writer Sandra Nettelbeck
Actors Ashley Judd, Goran Visnjic, Lauren Lee Smith
Country United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada
Awards 1 win & 5 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses, Arriflex 535B, Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses
Laboratory CinePostproduction Geyer Berlin, Germany, Ciné Post-Production, Köln, Germany
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 16 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 7218), 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 200T 5217, Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Spherical (16 mm footage) (source format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)