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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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Linda Griffiths ...
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Theda (as Jessica Wight MacDonald)
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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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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

[Upon finding her thirteen-year-old son's porno stash, right after finding that he was awake all night]
Lianna: My God, he's had an orgy.
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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 Laverne & Shirley (1976) See more »

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Women of the World
Performed by Jeanie French & Suzanne Boucher
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A Sayles masterpiece about the lesbian experience, far ahead of its time
24 October 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

John Sayles' ability to get you acquainted with his characters shines again in this study of a wife and mother who is coming to terms with her sexuality. Unlike the tawdry stories that focus solely on the sexual aspect of lesbian relationships, Sayles explores and reveals the complexity of discovering homosexual orientation - what it means to Lianna as her sexuality emerges from repression and what it means to her and others that she chooses to live truthfully with it.

There are some very rare vignettes in this film that bely what it is like to discover the attractiveness of women for the first time. Sayles does such a masterful job at portraying this process of discovery - it is joyful, playful, and exciting. These scenes remind me of Truffaut's "The Man Who Loved Women" (also badly remade in the USA, starring Burt Reynolds), but they seem to have a more natural depth and feel. Sayles' movies are typically populated with real characters, not posing movie stars. This film is true Sayles...so much is at stake for Lianna, and you are drawn into the aspects and dimensions of her life, the complexities and facets of the human sexual nature and of life in general, and what it means to come to terms with being gay.


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