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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
John Sayles had written the screenplay for this film before writing the screenplay for his debut film, Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979). Sayles failed to get funding for a film about a lesbian love affair in the 1970s, and those who felt comfortable with the material were not comfortable with the film being directed by a man. So, Sayles put the Lianna (1983) screenplay on hold until gaining success with his two first films, Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979) and Baby It's You (1983). See more »
Just because you can argue better doesn't mean that you're right.
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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 »
When John Sayles makes a film, it's usually because he has a very good reason. A man who's made his life in film averting the Hollywood approach, Sayles stories are densely layered character dramas, unencumbered with camera tricks, special effects, or deception.
The idea that Lianna (Linda Griffiths) needs a change of life in and of itself is not surprising. As a young college student, she had succumbed to the advances of one of her professors, then quit school to marry him. Now, twelve years and two children later she finds her life mundane, and loveless. She needs a change.
A John Sayles film is a personal experience. He leads us down a road deluged with emotion, conflict and only some spattering of resolve. The rest he leaves for us. Sometimes we have to fill in the blanks to even the most difficult questions posed. And there's nothing wrong with that.
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