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I Met a Girl (Luke Eve, 2020) wr. Glen Dolman, dp Patrick O'Sullivan; Brenton Thwaites, Joel Jackson, Lily Sullivan, Zahra Newman, Peter Rowsthorn, Anni Finsterer, Anita Hegh, Liam Graham, Saskia Williscroft, Inez Curro, Amy Mathews, Dan Paris, Glen Dolman, Angela Mahlatjie, Anya Kenner; drama; Fremantle, WA; Netflix
An impulsive musician struggling with schizophrenia falls for a mysterious woman who may be all in his head. When she suddenly vanishes, he takes off on a cross- country journey across Australia to find her, forcing his long-suffering brother to try to rescue him.
The best one can say for the script is that it gives the charming stars a nice moment or two, and that it generally doesn't fall for the "Love can cure what ails you" mental health rom-com trap. Movie Nation.
While new ground isn’t exactly broken I Met A Girl does an admirable job delivering exactly what fans of this emerging sub-genre are looking for while being respectful of the struggles faced by it’s [sic] protagonist. Punch Drunk Critics.
Andrew F. Pierce:
Films about mental illnesses run the risk of being inauthentic, disrespectful, or highly performative, and it’s a blessing that I Met a Girl is none of these things. Luke Eve’s direction is considerate and caring, creating a piece that seeks to strip away the destructive and harmful depictions of schizophrenia on film. While Brenton Thwaites Hollywood career appears to be continuing indefinitely, hopefully he’s afforded the chance to deliver performances like this in the future. The Curb.
Empathy and just a little bit of kindness or respect can go a long way, and that’s how I Met a Girl won me over. filmgatereviews.
While, at times, I Met a Girl suffers from a generic impulse towards the romantic comedy, the film is a fair start at generating serious discussions about love and neurodiversity. wyliewrites.
Garry Gillard | New: 30 August, 2019 | Now: 5 May, 2022