Lianna and her husband Dick have been married for a few years but the marriage isn't a happy one, since Dick treats her with arrogance. One day Lianna falls in love - with Ruth, a teacher. The people who know them act different: her husband with feelings of sexual betrayal, her children with curiosity and Lianna's friends with ambivalence. Written by
Another John Sayles jewel - a beautiful film that is revealing yet not intrusive
John Sayles, portrays a realistic story of lesbian love. Though the film is 23 years old, it has all the trappings of a classic film, as the subject matter and the characters could easily take place at any time, in any place in history or currently.
Intimate and delicate, the story of a young married woman (Lianna) who's restrictive world of stuffy husband, kids and homemaking is slowly coming undone. For enrichment, she takes a class at a local college where her teacher, Ruth, makes a great impact on Lianna who sees Ruth as a strong, decisive, smart woman. These qualities are the initial attraction for Lianna and as her friendship with her grows, Lianne feels long forgotten feelings she had as a young girl before she settled into the more traditional role of marriage, children and the occupation of housewife.
At the end of the film, Lianna is free in many aspects of her life and as the credits role, the viewer can't help but take that feeling of relief and freedom with her . A lovely film.
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