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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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Crazy Credits

Hanna sings and plays guitar during the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Features Vivre Sa Vie (1962) See more »

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26 February 2016 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Excellent coming-of-age story. It feels really lived in. I'm not sure if it's autobiographical, but it sure feels like it. Karine Vanasse plays 13 year-old Hanna, a girl from Montreal with kind of a rough family life. Her parents are unmarried and poor, and along with her older brother they all live in a cramped apartment. Hanna falls in love with Godard's Vivre sa vie, and inspired by it, she is led down a dangerous path. As you might expect with the genre, there are moments of joy along with the pain. Novelist Nancy Huston plays Hanna's teacher, who reminds her of Anna Karina - she looks so much like Karina I spent the whole movie thinking it was her. The only big problem of the film is that Vanasse is not convincing as a 13 year-old - the actress is a couple of years older than that, and looks it. She is very good, though, as an actress.


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