Emily Browning

Review: 'God Help the Girl' ★★★

Review: 'God Help the Girl' ★★★

The lively, playful, self-aware musical "God Help the Girl" has such a will-o'-the-wisp quality you fear it will disappear if you attempt to fence it. Writer-director Stuart Murdoch called it "our little hymn to the possibility of healing in music" when he introduced the film at Sundance, and that's about as close as you're going to get.

Murdoch, the lead singer and songwriter of Scottish band Belle & Sebastian, also wrote the film's supremely melodic score as a stand-alone pop opera. He nurtured it first as an album and then as a film project for a decade before a Kickstarter campaign, which inspired donors in 51 countries, helped make it a reality.