Gay Essential Films To Watch, Let My People Go!

Let My People Go! details the life of French immigrant Ruben (Nicolas Maury) who lives in a small town in Finland with his lover Teemu (Jarkko Niemi). They live in a lakeside cabin, amongst colourful houses and Ruben works as local mailman.

Three days before Passover, Ruben is attempting to make a delivery of an envelope of Euros to a widower who will not accept it. A misunderstanding ensues and Teemu and Ruben fight over the Euros. Teemu throws Ruben out who heads back to Paris to think things through and to spend Passover with his mother Rachel (Carmen Maura).

In Paris, Ruben has to deal with the issues of his dysfunctional family: an unhappily married sister; an irritable brother; and his father who introduces Ruben to his secret lover. To make matters worse, a rabbi and family friend, flirts with Ruben causing him to miss Teemu even more.

Back in Finland, Teemu is heartbroken and after some adventures with a forest ranger (Olavi Uusirvita) he wants to reconcile with Ruben

Let My People Go

Critics

“Ceaselessly upbeat and just short of zany, Let My People Go! will bring smiles of recognition to anyone who hasn’t seen early Woody Allen in a while.”
   Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“You don’t have to be Jewish to love borscht belt humor, or gay to love camp, or French to love farce. But when all three are thrown into a blender with a dollop of generic family dysfunction, as is the case in Let My People Go!, oy vey doesn’t begin to address the result.”
   Loren King, Boston Globe

“The road to the inevitable slapsticky Seder is paved with more sweetness than bite, a good deal of frantic foolishness and progressively thinner laughs, all wrapped in a message of acceptance and inclusiveness.”
   Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

Did You Know?

Let My People Go! premiered at the 2011 Montreal World Film Festival  Director Mikael Buch co-wrote the script of Let My People Go with Christopher Honore. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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