Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  120 min.
Release Date: January 29, 2010 (limited)
DVD: July 27, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 3.93
based on 12 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Ashley Judd, Goran Visnjic, Lauren Lee Smith, Alexia Fast, Alberta Watson, David Hewlett


Helen has it all—a beautiful daughter, a loving husband, a fullfilling career and a close circle of adoring friends. But when her world is broken down by depression, the very center of her being no longer seems to hold. Helen's profound love for her family which once kept them all so close together now seems to tear them apart. Amid the desperate battle for her life, her love and her sanity, Helen finds herself pulling away from her husband and seeking comfort in the company of a fierce yet fragile, enigmatic and troubled young woman—whose extraordinary spirit and devotion shines a flickering light into Helen's darkness.

Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Christine Haebler, Judy Tossell
Screenplay: Sandra Nettelbeck

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  • 4 stars "Helen is a 2009 American dramatization film featuring Ashley Judd and coordinated by Sandra Nettelbeck. It takes after a teacher (Judd) who overcomes serious dejection after a huge breakdown, with the assistance of new companion Matilda (Smith). Shooting occurred late 2007 in Vancouver. Also, Goran Visnjic is in the film."
  • 5 stars "Ashley Judd and Goran Visnjic display a stunning level of acting within the 120 min of this movie time. I applaud the creators for making this script really something special. The acting crew (as I mentioned Judd and Visnjic) must have been previously informed on how to do such a professional display of people entangled with depression/someone who has depression. Many agree that this movie is really great and can really help you if you have someone suffering from depression. Seeing this movie from with a viewpoint of a psychologist: Going mad about possible illusions and coming up somewhere leveled (not on top). Helen Leonard is a character that only sees 2 persons in her lifetime, and the movie really depicts it in this way, offering a dark and sometimes irritating tone to the whole picture."
  • 4 stars "People suffering depression is very well portrayed and ECT is shown as having a positive impact, which it can if medication is unsuccessful, however, if currently suffering from depression i would NOT recommend watching. Maybe friends and family to help them understand a little better, but no one truly understands unless you have been there..."
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