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After breaking into features with Return of the Secaucus Seven, a low-budget look at college friends reuniting for a weekend, writer/director John Sayles took on more difficult subject matter three years later. Lianna follows the title character's changing world when her homosexual affair with Ruth, her night school professor, forces her to leave her two children and her oppressive, cheating husband. While she expects to walk into love-filled lesbian experiences, her stable life instead begins to disintegrate. She is forced to find an apartment, a job, and new friends, and her freedom… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"[VIDEO] Writer/director John Sayles's 1983 follow-up to his impressive debut with "Return of the Secaucus Seven" is an important touchstone of lesbian cinema."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"One of Sayles terrific early films"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Though not one of Sayles' best efforts, this indie about a lesbian coming out is well acted."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An appealing movie about love, friendship, and camaraderie."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Sayles balances anecdotal stiffness with a keen interest in people and their unguarded moments"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Marred by some stilted performances, a painfully dated soundtrack, and an opening half-hour that skirts the razor's edge of painful didacticism."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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