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Helium (2013)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Family | 31 January 2014 (USA)
A young boy Alfred is dying, but through the stories about HELIUM - a magical fantasy world, told by the hospital's eccentric janitor Enzo, Alfred regain the joy and happiness of his life, and finds a safe haven away from daily life.

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Anders Walter

Writers:

Christian Gamst Miller-Harris (co-writer), Anders Walter (co-writer)
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Cast overview:
Casper Crump ... Enzo
Pelle Falk Krusbæk ... Alfred
Marijana Jankovic ... Nurse
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The boy Alfred is hospitalized and dying, but through the stories about Helium - a magical fantasy world where people go when the need 'the deep sleep' - told by the hospital's eccentric janitor, Enzo, Alfred regains the joy and happiness of his life and finds a safe haven away from daily life. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama | Family

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Not Rated
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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

31 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гелiй See more »

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M&M Productions See more »
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2.39 : 1
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You can see when the nurse unlocks the door to the ICU that it says "ortopædkirurgisk afdeling". Meaning Orthopedic surgical ward so unless Alfred's got a very dangerous fractured arm he might need to go to an actual ICU. See more »

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Absolute rubbish
25 February 2014 | by CultcinemaDOTnetSee all my reviews

Bo-focking-hoo. A young boy is dying. It's so saaaad (not really). Luckily, there's a dimwitted janitor there, to tell him stupid stories about a magical afterlife-place called Helium. Unfortunately, the relationship between these two is so forced, and the stories about Helium are so meaningless and without reference, that the movie becomes an unfunny parody of itself. And it doesn't take long before you're hoping the kid will just go ahead and croak already.

Sad music is smeared thickly as the boy's condition is worsening, and the filmmakers begs the audience for sympathy. Yet we're never given any reason to why we should care about this kid at all, other than him being a kid; which is just awful screen writing. But even if the script had been written in a smoother fashion, the fact that anyone would make a film of such a terrible concept in the first place, is mind-boggling. I mean, a dying kid? Really? Could you possibly be any less creative in your plea for emotions?

The overdose of sap is so severely lacking a pinch of anything cute, quirky or fun, that the whole thing ends up as something sticky you want to wipe off your shoe.

I feel dirty after having watched this crap.


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