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Lianna (1983)

 -  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 overview, first billed only:
Linda Griffiths ...
Lianna
Jane Hallaren ...
Ruth
Jon DeVries ...
Dick
Jo Henderson ...
Sandy
Jessica MacDonald ...
Theda (as Jessica Wight MacDonald)
Jesse Solomon ...
Spencer
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Jerry
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Bob
Betsy Julia Robinson ...
Cindy
Nancy Mette ...
Kim
Maggie Renzi ...
Sheila
Madelyn Coleman ...
Mrs. Hennessy
Robyn Reeves ...
Job Applicant
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Lighting Assistant
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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Drama

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18 January 1983 (USA)  »

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Lianna  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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$1,500,000 (USA)
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This was filmed in 16mm and was later blown up to 35mm. This was common for independent films of the 1980s. The film was originally meant to be shot on 35mm with a budget of $800,000. Sayles could not raise the funds for this budget, and so they "cut corners" by shooting on 16mm. See more »

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[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 opening credits credit only the production company and the crew members. The cast is not credited until the end credits. The title of the film, LIANNA, appears as the last title card after John Sayles is credited as writer, producer, director and editor. See more »

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Can't Get To Heaven From Here
Performed by Rayan Dessaline
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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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