Set Me Free (Emporte-Moi)

on April 14, 2000 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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   Karine Vanasse won a well-deserved acting award at the Toronto International Film Festival for her part as Hannah, an unhappy 13-year-old caught between her father and mother's endless feuding. Her portrayal of childhood angst is riveting but the film isn't nearly as fresh as she is. Set in Montreal in the early '60s, "Emporte-moi" follows Hannah as she navigates the rocky shoals of adolescence: falling in love with another girl, trying to deal with her parents and, most importantly, finding her place in the world.

   This is veteran filmmaker Lea Pool's most autobiographical film to date; the relationship between Hannah's Jewish father (Miki Manojlovic) and his Catholic wife (Pascale Bussieres) comes straight from her life. But despite good usage of Jean-Luc Godard's classic "Vivre Sa Vie" as a model for Hannah's world view, we've seen all this stuff before. "Emporte- moi" is well-made but old hat.    Starring Karine Vanasse, Miki Manojlovic and Pascale Bussieres. Directed and written by Lea Pool. Produced by Lorraine Richard, Alfi Sinniger and Carole Scotta. No distributor set. Drama. French-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 94 min.

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