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Set Me Free (1999)

Emporte-moi (original title)
In the year 1963, an awkward thirteen-year-old girl comes of age during her escapism into the world of cinema, with potentially dangerous results.


Léa Pool


Nancy Huston (screenplay collaboration), Monique H. Messier (screenplay collaboration) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karine Vanasse ... Hanna
Pascale Bussières ... Mère de Hanna
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Père de Hanna (as Miki Manojlovic)
Alexandre Mérineau Alexandre Mérineau ... Paul, frère de Hanna
Charlotte Christeler Charlotte Christeler ... Laura
Nancy Huston Nancy Huston ... Professeure
Monique Mercure ... Grand-Mère de Hanna
Jacques Galipeau ... Grand-père de Hanna
Carl Hennebert-Faulkner Carl Hennebert-Faulkner ... Martin
Neil Kroetsch ... Prêteur sur gages
Michel Albert Michel Albert ... Gardien de sécurité
Gary Boudreault Gary Boudreault ... Boulanger
Marie-Hélène Gagnon Marie-Hélène Gagnon ... Mme Lapointe, proprio
Suzanne Garceau ... Infirmière
Normand Canac-Marquis ... Client de Hanna


Canadian/Swiss/French production that tells the tale of Hannah, a tomboyish 13 year-old hitting puberty in 1963. An unhappy and uncomfortable family life leads Hannah to seek escapism in the world of cinema. Specifically, she repeatedly watches and appears enthralled by Nana (Anna Karina), the character from Jean-Luc Godard's "Vivre sa vie" (1962) about a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Her confusion surrounding what is real leads to a crush for her female teacher and her actively pursuing what it's like to be a prostitute for an evening. Written by Len Massaar

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Beautifully done coming-of-age story.
24 November 1999 | by Jo BSee all my reviews

Caught between childhood and the adult world, in a time similarly challenged by change, Karine Vanasse is enchanting as a girl coming of age in 1960s Quebec. Parents, teachers, sex, philosophy, obsession with a film character, running away -- we've seen it all before, but this is a loving remembrance, shot in warm colours, with a thoughtful script and excellent performances, richly evoking the emotion, confusion and excitement of adolescence.

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Canada | Switzerland | France



Release Date:

28 July 1999 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,905, 16 April 2000

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