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Lianna (1983)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 January 1983 (USA)
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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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Cast

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Linda Griffiths ...
Jane Hallaren ...
Jon DeVries ...
Jo Henderson ...
Jessica MacDonald ...
Theda (as Jessica Wight MacDonald)
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Betsy Julia Robinson ...
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Maggie Renzi ...
Sheila
Madelyn Coleman ...
Mrs. Hennessy
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Marta Renzi ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Lianna, Um Amor Diferente  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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$1,500,000 (USA)
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The money for the film was raised by producers Maggie Renzi and Jeffrey Nelson. The film's investors included about thirty "nontraditional" investors, people who had never put money into a film before. See more »

Quotes

Lianna: [after seeing him misbehaving there with one of his students] How was the party?
Dick: Okay I guess. The usual. A lot of students like always at the Loomises', trying to score their brownie points.
Lianna: Um hmm.
[pause]
Lianna: How many do you get for a fuck in the sandbox?
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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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References The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) See more »

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Another John Sayles jewel - a beautiful film that is revealing yet not intrusive
15 June 2006 | by (Framingham, MA) – See all my reviews

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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