Emporte-moi (Set Me Free)


Emporte-moi (Set Me Free) (1999)


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Hanna is an unhappy adolescent in 1960s Quebec. Her mother, who is constantly ill, and her father, a Jewish- Polish immigrant, have a confusing love-hate relationship. Feeling isolated and somehow different from the other girls at her Catholic school, Hanna fixates on the beautiful character of Nana, as played by Anna Karina in Godard's "Vivre sa vie." When she finds that one of her teachers reminds her of the alluring Nana, she becomes fixated on the teacher while adopting the mannerisms and philosophy of the doomed heroine as her home life goes from bad to worse.


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Critic Reviews for Emporte-moi (Set Me Free)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

In some of its details, it resembles Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Tells its story so effectively through pictures it's barely necessary to read the subtitles.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4

Director Lea Pool has fashioned an engaging film about one girl's coming of age.

Mar 13, 2002 | Full Review…

The most remarkable quality about it is that the movie actually has a subject.

Feb 14, 2001 | Full Review…

Well-made but old hat.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The performances in Set Me Free are all gentle, lovely creations that are of a piece with the film's humanistic touch.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Emporte-moi (Set Me Free)

A superb addition to the Quebec canon brought to you by Lea Pool who is very successful at bringing out strong emotions from her actors. Karine Vanasse is the beneficiary of her guidance.

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