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  • Summary: Set in 1963 Montreal, Lea Pool's coming-of-age story examines the life of a 13-year-old girl (Vanasse) who escapes her life as the illegitimate daughter of a struggling Jewish writer and a Catholic seamstress through her love of films. She adopts an unlikely role model in the prostituteSet in 1963 Montreal, Lea Pool's coming-of-age story examines the life of a 13-year-old girl (Vanasse) who escapes her life as the illegitimate daughter of a struggling Jewish writer and a Catholic seamstress through her love of films. She adopts an unlikely role model in the prostitute heroine of Godard's "Vivre sa vie." Collapse
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 100
    Aside from the effectiveness of Set Me Free as a coming-of-age story, it's also one of the most poetic avowals of love for movies that I've seen in years.
  2. 90
    Maintains a reflective, bittersweet tone that's almost tactile.
  3. Propelled by a captivating, wrenching performance by Karine Vanasse as Hanna, a 13-year-old girl adrift in a sea of powerful emotions in Montreal in 1963.
  4. 75
    The movie gets a little confused toward the end, I think, as its writer and director, Lea Pool, tries to settle things that could have been left unresolved.
  5. 75
    A coming-of-age movie that stands apart from the rest.
  6. Shows us a filmmaker, unafraid of her emotions, unafraid to mine her past, someone clear-eyed, non-egoistic, full of life and warmth.
  7. A slice of life that adds up to exactly the sum of its parts, no more, no less.

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