A happily married woman comes to realize herself of being a repressed lesbian after she has an affair with a female college professor, and then tries to come to terms with her newfound lifestyle.

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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 Mattias Thuresson

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18 January 1983 (USA)  »

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Lianna, Um Amor Diferente  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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$1,500,000 (USA)
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John Sayles has said of this film: "The characters in Lianna are not exactly real people, but you could call them composites. They're based on people I know or stories I've heard about people friends of mine know". See more »

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Lianna: I'm gay.
Sheila: I'm Sheila.
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The title LIANNA is the last title in the opening credit sequence, after all the actors and fundamental members of the crew are credited. See more »

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Referenced in It's in the Water (1997) See more »

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Performed by Janie Barnett
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How many do you get for a f*ck in the sandbox?
2 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very interesting film and certainly a good example of John Sayles work. He wrote, directed and played the male lead in the film. Sayles, who wrote Lone Star, Silver City and Passion Fish among many others, is much better in writing and directing than acting, but he certainly portrays an asshole husband in a loveless marriage well.

Linda Griffiths, in her first film, gave an incredibly touching performance as a woman who realizes that she is a lesbian after having two children. She goes through the emotions as she realizes the first person she ever loved is leaving her for an old girlfriend; she deals with the loss of her family; and she stumbles through as friends don't quite know how to deal with her.

Anytime a marriage breaks up it is hard, but I believe it is doubly hard in this situation and this film really gives a good picture of what all have to go through.


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