Helen (PG)

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This low-budget, British-Irish co-production starts with a girl walking towards a terrible fate. Her parents identify her effects and the police enlist the dead girl's college friends in reconstructing her last minutes. Then the film takes a bold tangent, to pursue the identity crisis of Helen (Annie Townsend), the student selected to play the victim, Joy. Poor, care-home-raised Helen meets Joy's posh parents and Irish boyfriend and her life starts to change. It's a neat idea, of one life "standing-in" for another and starting afresh, but badly handled. It's a glum 79 minutes.

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