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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 prostitute heroine of Godard's "Vivre sa vie." Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
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  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. Nicely acted and inflected, this is a very fresh piece of work.
  3. 90
    Karine Vanasse, as the protagonist Hanna, is perfectly cast because she has the body of a woman and the sweet, sexless face of a child.
  4. Exquisite and fragile in visuals and tone, yet has some difficulty with a choppy narrative.
  5. Shows us a filmmaker, unafraid of her emotions, unafraid to mine her past, someone clear-eyed, non-egoistic, full of life and warmth.
  6. Stands apart from the trite conventions of most coming-of-age drama chiefly through the originality of Pool's approach and the honesty and conviction of Karine Vanasse's portrait of Hanna.
  7. A slice of life that adds up to exactly the sum of its parts, no more, no less.

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