High-strung mailman Ruben (Nicolas Maury) seems like a gefilte fish out of water, a Parisian-Jewish transplant to the clean air and pristine living – and saunas! – of Finland. But as he skips happily through his daily delivery rounds to snow-covered candy-colored cottages, snuggling with his hunky blond boyfriend Teemu by night, it’s clear that Finland is Ruben’s Nordic paradise. One day though, he’s left holding an undeliverable package stuffed with cash, and he and Teemu get into a lover’s quarrel over what to do with it. Ruben sadly returns to Paris, to the smothering embrace of his kooky mama (Almodovar diva Carmen Maura), his embarrassingly randy papa (Truffaut regular Jean-François Stévenin), and the rest of his conservative family. As everyone gets ready for a most unorthodox Passover, hysteria ensues. A kitschy, cross-cultural, thoroughly un-P.C. delight, Let My People Go! feels like a Gallic version of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

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86 min
Not Rated
Year: 2012
Country: France
Language: French and Finnish with English subtitles
Festivals: Montreal World Film Festival, Philadelphia QFest
Director: Mikael Buch
Screenwriter: Mikael Buch, Christophe Honore
Cast: Nicolas Maury, Carmen Maura, Jean-Francois Stevenin, Amira Casar, Clement Sibony