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After helping to kick-start the independent film movement in America with The Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles wrote, directed, and edited his second feature, about a woman who finds herself staring life over after coming out of the closet as a lesbian. Lianna (Linda Griffiths) is a woman in her early thirties who's married to Dick (Jon DeVries), who teaches film at a college in Boston. Lianna first met Dick when she was a student in his class, and while she's grown more assertive and independent with time, Dick has become bitter and difficult, though he tries to be patient… 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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