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Set Me Free
Directed by Léa Pool • 1999 • Canada
Lea Pool's Emporte-Moi (aka Set Me Free) tells a tale of rebellion and discovery in the early 1960s, all carried out under the spell of that era's cinema, in this case Jean-Luc Godard's Vivre sa vie, which lures the 13-year-old protagonist to try and emulate the prostitute protagonist of the latter movie. An often fanciful, sometimes disturbing story, the movie is an engrossing testimony to film's seductive escapist power, especially for viewers surrounded by personal turmoil and adversity.