Let My People Go 2011

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A sweet and hilarious fusion of gay romantic comedy, Jewish family drama and French bedroom farce, Mikael Buch?s Let My People Go! follows the travails and daydreams of the lovelorn Reuben (Regular Lovers? Nicolas Maury), a French-Jewish gay mailman living in fairytale Finland (where he got his MA in ?Comparative Sauna Cultures?) with his gorgeous Nordic boyfriend. But just before Passover, a series of mishaps and a lovers? quarrel exile the heartbroken Reuben back to Paris and back to his zany family?including Almodóvar goddess Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Volver) as his ditzy mum, and Truffaut regular Jean-François Stévenin as his lothario father. Scripted by director Mikael Buch and renowned arthouse auteur Christophe Honoré (Love Songs), Let My People Go! both celebrates and upends Jewish and gay stereotypes with wit, gusto and style to spare. The result is deeply heartwarming, fabulously kitschy and hysterically funny.

Starring:
Nicolas Maury, Carmen Maura
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Nicolas Maury, Carmen Maura, Jean-FrançOis StéVenin
Director Mikael Buch
Studio TLA RELEASING
Rental release 14 October 2013
Main languages French
Subtitles English

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
I'm glad to say this is one of tla releasing's best films for some time, and you can trust the cover photo to get the tone of this one! At its heart is an excellent comic performance by Nicolas Maury as Ruben; he really makes the most of the role in a screwball-style scenario, co-scripted by director Mikael Buch with Christophe Honore, who is not usually as light as this. After a not very convincing argument with his Finnish boyfriend over a fortune that was thrust into his hands in a brown envelope by a man who promptly seemed to die, Ruben heads back to France and the chaos of his Jewish family just before the Passover Feast. The film then keeps jumping back and forth between the two countries and their different look and languages, which keeps the whole thing floating in the air. It's good to see Carmen Maura in one of her best roles for years as the mother, still scintillating and playing up all her virtues as an actress. Clement Sibony is sexy as the more macho brother, but without any homophobia, in fact one of the most refreshing things about the film is that none of the characters has a trace of homophobic feeling. Jarkko Niemi as the boyfriend is also very pleasing to look at, and a number of other classic French actors pop up: Jean-Francois Stevenin, so good in Jacques Demy's Une Chambre en ville, Aurore Clement from Louis Malle's Le Souffle au coeur (two Clements in a film of such sunny spirit ...), and other familiar faces. It's not hard to see why they were attracted by the material. Ruben has a huge poster of Les Demoiselles de Rochefort on his bedroom wall, and a photo of Romy Schneider who morphs into his boyfriend Teemu as he kisses it - so it can't be all bad ... Imagine a cross between Poltergay and Patrik, Age 1.5, and you get this - it's fresh, vivid and fun-filled.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on 25 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
Let My People Go! is the most delightful movie I've seen in ages. Nicolas Maury is so utterly adorable, so sweetly, innocently, devastatingly sexy, so fascinating to watch every second he's on screen, that I wish he'd already starred in dozens of movies so I could watch them all. Since he hasn't, I'll have to sift through the few in which he has appeared in smaller roles.

His seemingly unselfconscious charm makes this whole movie a great joy to watch, and I can't imagine it without him at its heart - but everybody else in it and behind it is so good that I'd give it a try anyway.

Maury plays Reuben Steiner (spelled Ruben in the credits), a gay French Jew living in Finland with Teemu, his Finnish husband. His scheme to start a sauna business has failed and he's working as a mailman.

A man on his mail route gives him an envelope containing almost 200,000 euro and then appears to drop dead. Teemu gets angry at Ruben for taking the money and kicks him out, so he returns to spend Passover with his highly eccentric but very loving family in Paris.

It's a farce, much like a very modern version of a 30s screwball comedy, but all the main characters are so lovable and real that the totally unreal stuff that happens doesn't matter.

There are no bad performances (his mother is played by Almodóvar's longtime muse Carmen Maura), no villains in the story except a pig-headed in-law and a couple of snarky cops, but they're negligible. A scene near the end in which the rottweiler-like police chief reads Ruben's love letter (in English) to Teemu over the phone is priceless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
Reuben lives with his gay lover Teemu in a seemingly rural idyll in Teemu's native Finland. Reuben did have dreams of opening a line of swish saunas but for the time being has opted to earn his living as a postman or `posti'. Then one morning a widower refuses to accept a registered delivery of a load of cash. In the fracas he collapses after insisting the Reuben take the money.

Once back with Teemu things go wrong when Reuben refuses to go to the cops. Teemu in a pique of conservative zeal insists he either fess up or he will throw him out. So alone on the street Reuben, who is also Jewish, heads home to Paris to celebrate The Passover with his family. Once there he is soon drowning in the needs of his family where he becomes a confessor and fall guy all rolled into one. His family have a few skeletons in a few closets and his mum is so brilliantly over bearing it comes as no surprise when he asks a Rabbi friend if he can become `unjewish'. The thing is he desperately misses Teemu and just wants to be happy, but will Teemu ever forgive him - and the wad of cash?

This is a finely balanced and warm comedy where everyone puts in a great performance to the extent that it looks effortless. Beautifully shot and with a good soundtrack to boot this put a smile on my face and let it stay there. Nicolas Maury (`Paris Je t'aime') as Reuben is so innocent and hapless to make anything he does seem completely forgivable, his mother is played by the wonderful Carmen Maura (`Volver' etc) who steals every scene - but in a good way. Jean-Luc Bideau as Mousier Goldberg is tremendous fun as the sexually rampant older man. This is in French with some Finnish and rather good sub titles. There really is nothing not to like (sorry double negative I think) about this wonderful film from director Mikael Buch who also helped write this and I do hope his star is in the ascendancy as this is the type of film and director that cinema is much the richer for having around.
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