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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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A typical French "portrait" of a family.
5 April 2000 | by imdb1See all my reviews

As most French movies, according to me, also in this movie there is no clear story line, nothing that is more important, nothing that the movie "is about". I'd almost say, no beginning, no end, no moral. A typical French movie: A portrait. A portrait of a family in this case, with a 13 year old girl as main character (although she looks 16 most of the time). What is nice about a movie like this is that you become more a part of it, it is much more like real life and therefore a lot more interesting in some way. Nevertheless, when things are TOO normal you get bored. And this movie has only two or three really interesting aspects: The relationships within the family (sister, brother, father, mother) and the first romance of Hanna. Can't remember the third actually. The reason I gave this movie a 7 and not a 6 is because I really enjoyed those two aspects and because the acting of Karine Vanasse is very professional, impressive.

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28 July 1999 (France) See more »

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$4,905, 16 April 2000

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