Let My People Go!

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A sweetly hilarious mixture of gay romantic comedy, Jewish family drama and French bedroom farce, Mikael Buch’s Let My People Go! follows the oddball adventures and candy-colored daydreams of the lovelorn Reuben (Nicolas Maury, Regular Lover), 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 his zany family—including Almodovar goddess Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) as his ditzy mom, and Truffaut regular Jean-François Stévenin (Day for Night) as his lothario father. Scripted by director Mikael Buch and renowned filmmaker 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. (Dir. by Mikael Buch, 2012, France, in French with subtitles, 86 mins., Not Rated, Zeitgeist Films) Digital