“Just because you can argue better doesn’t mean you’re right!”
An unhappy faculty wife (Linda Griffiths) divorces her husband and discovers that she is attracted to women.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Feminism and Women’s Issues
- John Sayles Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
This “unusually fine, thematically daring” independent film by John Sayles is likely the best portrayal of female “coming-out” I’ve ever seen. Over the course of the movie, we witness the shifting reactions of Lianna’s husband, her children, her best friend, and Lianna herself, all of whom — naturally — cope in different ways with this revelation. As Peary notes, it’s unfortunate that Lianna’s husband comes across as such as a chauvanistic jerk, because he’s not really the reason she “turns” to women — ultimately, Lianna is on a joyous if painful journey towards self-discovery. Indeed, once Lianna “realizes she is a lesbian, she is happy with that knowledge” and “suffers no shame”. While society at large may not be ready to accept Lianna’s change of sexual expression, she herself is — and that’s ultimately most important.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Linda Griffiths as Lianna
- Excellent, natural dialogue
Yes. This early John Sayles film is a uniquely respectful character study.