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Set Me Free (1999)

Emporte-moi (original title)
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 Anna Karina, the character from Jean-Luc Godard's "Vivre sa vie" (1962) about a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Her ... See full summary »

Director:

Léa Pool

Writers:

Nancy Huston (screenplay collaboration), Monique H. Messier (screenplay collaboration) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 ... Professeur
Monique Mercure ... Grand-Mère de Hanna
Jacques Galipeau ... Grand-père de Hanna
Carl Hennebert-Faulkner Carl Hennebert-Faulkner ... Martin
Neil Kroetsch ... Prêteur sur gage
Michel Albert Michel Albert ... Gardien de sécurité
Gary Boudreault Gary Boudreault ... Boulanger
Marie-Hélène Gagnon Marie-Hélène Gagnon ... Propriétaire
Suzanne Garceau ... Infirmière
Normand Canac-Marquis ... Client de Hanna
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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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Canada | Switzerland | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 July 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Set Me Free See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,905, 16 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$73,445, 17 December 2000
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Hanna sings and plays guitar during the closing credits. See more »

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A great film about family and adolescence...
16 August 1999 | by hédiSee all my reviews

Hanna (Karine Vanasse) is a Canadian teenager in the early sixties.And she shapes her own identity. Her parents escape from their responsibilities: her father prefers playing chess to working; and her mother is a depressive woman (several suicide attempts). That's why she decides of leading her own life. But Reality is stronger than she expected: Life bites hard...

Emporte-moi is partly an autobiographical movie. Léa Pool presents an interesting analysis of the familial relationship and adolescence. Well, this melancholy movie is very touching. Even the scene of the abandoned dog moved. Anyway, the acting is quite perfect and right. Karine Vanasse is magic, Miki Manojlovic surprising in comparison with his performance in "Underground".We can just regret the underemployment of Pascales Bussières, which is paradoxical given the closed relationship between Hanna and her mother.

Well...I have to say that anyone get out of the cinema before the closing credits:a surprise is awaiting you. I put a 8 out of 10.


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