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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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John Sayles

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Cast

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

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 | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1983 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Lianna, Um Amor Diferente See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Production Co:

Winwood Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's "Lianna" title refers to the name of the movie's central character played by Linda Griffiths. See more »

Quotes

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 lastliberalSee 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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