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      Set Me Free

      Released Feb 12, 1999 1h 34m Drama List
      83% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 77% Audience Score 100+ Ratings In the 1960s, Hanna (Karine Vanasse), a teen girl with a troubled home life, finds solace in films, especially those starring actress Anna Karina, who reminds her of her schoolteacher (Nancy Huston). Hanna's father (Miki Manojlovic) is an unhappy poet, her mother (Pascale Bussières) is exhausted from work and their marriage is failing. Hanna finds support in her brother (Alexandre Merineau) and in Laura (Charlotte Christeler), a girl at school to whom she is becoming increasingly attracted. Read More Read Less

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      Globe and Mail Rated: 3/4 Mar 19, 2002 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle The performances in Set Me Free are all gentle, lovely creations that are of a piece with the film's humanistic touch. Rated: 4.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Lawrence Van Gelder New York Times Rated: 4.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Dennis Lim Out Magazine Vanasse gives a performance of unaffected grace, and Pool reveals a keen eye for the formative moments of adolescence. May 24, 2022 Full Review B. Ruby Rich San Francisco Bay Guardian Pool has reached a new level entirely as writer-director of deeply emotional yet lightly humorous storytelling. Best of all, she's taken a genre known for its softness, the coming-of-age film, and put some bite into it. Feb 26, 2020 Full Review Felicia Feaster Creative Loafing Tinctured with a feminist perspective, Set Me Free tends to see the world as a series of shiny traps set for young girls, a difficult path to adulthood made worse without a capable female role model. Jan 29, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member 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. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Lea Pool's film is a beautiful, lyrical portrayal of a young girl's growing up. A lovely meditation, Set Me Free never glosses over the difficulties of Hanna's life, but somehow manages to make everything both ire an urgent as well as just a phase of life that can't be escaped. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Si Léa Pool utilise assez bien ses capacités en offrant un film qui s'écoute sommes toutes assez bien, on regrette toutefois cet abus de poids dramatique qui va décidément trop loin au point d'enlever une bonne partie de l'effet dramatique désiré. Plusieurs interprétations et dialogues faussent également. Malgré tout, certains moments s'avèrent magnifiques. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Style Nouvelle-Vague à la Godard, j'adore! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I found it to be a moving little French-Canadian film. Telling a pretty common story kind of took away from it being a truely superior film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the 1960s, Hanna (Karine Vanasse), a teen girl with a troubled home life, finds solace in films, especially those starring actress Anna Karina, who reminds her of her schoolteacher (Nancy Huston). Hanna's father (Miki Manojlovic) is an unhappy poet, her mother (Pascale Bussières) is exhausted from work and their marriage is failing. Hanna finds support in her brother (Alexandre Merineau) and in Laura (Charlotte Christeler), a girl at school to whom she is becoming increasingly attracted.
      Director
      Léa Pool
      Producer
      Lorraine Richard, Carole Scotta, Alfi Sinniger
      Screenwriter
      Nancy Huston, Léa Pool, Isabelle Raynault
      Distributor
      Merchant-Ivory Productions [us], Artistic License
      Production Co
      Haut et Court, Catpics AG, Cité-Amérique
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 12, 1999, Original
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $73.4K
      Runtime
      1h 34m