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  • Actors: Sharon Gless, Maureen Gallagher, Ann Hagemann, Kelli Strickland, Taylor Miller
  • Directors: Wendy Jo Carlton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003E1QC1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,129 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Starring multi-award winner Sharon Gless (Burn Notice, Queer as Folk, Cagney & Lacey) in a tremendous performance, Hannah Free tells the moving story of the lifelong love affair between two very different women. Weaving between past and present, the story reveals how they maintained their love affair despite a marriage, a world war, infidelity, and family denial. Additional actors include Maureen Gallagher, Ann Hagemann, Kelli Strickland, Taylor Miller (All My Children) and Jacqui Jackson.

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A terrific role for Sharon Gless, who runs with it gloriously! Los Angeles Times
Beautiful . .. (Hannah is) masterfully played by Sharon Gless. Slant Magazine
Ms. Gless delivers a stellar performance that is gritty, poignant, and real. Huffington Post
Even at death s door, a lesbian couple still finds peace elusive. Stephen Holden, NY Times
... Sharon Gless captures the spotlight. Chicago Tribune
Effortlessly shares the quintessential love story of two women. SF Examiner.com
Sharon Gless's fire, candor and heart drive this intimate story. LA Splash
Sharon Gless brings grit, authenticity and dimension to the title character. She commands the screen.
San Francisco Chronicle
Love scenes with Rachel and Hannah as mature older woman are beautiful in depicting how a love can age like fine wine. New York Q News
This level of interpersonal lesbian drama definitely gives the women of The L Word a run for their money! After Ellen (Logo Online) --Wolfe

Customer Reviews

Not only does it show why marriage matters, but the issues that older LGBT people are currently dealing with.
Paul Francis Fleege
An exaggerated character may make a strong impression, but it's the impression of a caricature rather than a sympathetic character.
mytake
Getting to see what this lesbian's couple life was like is a real treat, and it leaves a good taste in your mouth.
Denise Escamilla Ortiz

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Denise Escamilla Ortiz on July 18, 2010
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I enjoyed this movie a lot. The subject is one that is not spoken much about, but it's an important one no less. What happens to aging lesbian couples? How their families approach the issue? In most cases they refuse to validate and legitimize their relationship. I've only seen the subject tackled in a short story of If These Walls Could Talk 2, but it's not something you see very often.

The story here is carried masterfully, the acting is great, and the outcome of these family relationships is really encouraging. To see how this young woman comes back in search of her family history, and weaves a beautiful relationship with her great grandmother 's life partner is really touching. Getting to see what this lesbian's couple life was like is a real treat, and it leaves a good taste in your mouth. I fully recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Clark on November 16, 2010
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I wasn't sure what to expect. After "Queer as folk", Sharon had a wonderful role as Michael's mother who wore her pride on her sleeve and vest. This role was just the opposite: an older woman in a nursing home waiting to see her dear friend/partner in another ward.
I could see the frustration in her rights even though GLBT aren't granted the same as traditional couples who are covered by the federal govt and all the benefits including tax write-offs, hospital visits etc...
I was connected by the sense of desperation to see the other before its too late. The human connection and her acting made it all the while a good performance. Once I cry or feel a strong emotion, the movie has me in until the end!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sadie VINE VOICE on March 22, 2011
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This is a sweet, sentimental tale about two women who've loved each other their entire lives.

Hannah ends up in a nursing home after a fall, during which time her life-love, Rachel, has a stroke, falls into a coma and is kept in one of the other rooms of the same nursing home. Although Hannah helped Rachel raise her twins, Marge and Roy, Marge refuses to allow Hannah to see Rachel on her death bed because Hannah isn't a family member. Unable to get herself out of bed, Hannah is at the mercy of the staff, who won't go against the wishes of Rachel's family. A young woman approaches Hannah for help on a report about the Depression then conspires to help Hannah see the love of her life during her final hours.

There's probably no better person to play a bed ridden character than Sharon Gless. Her facial expressions alone say more than most dialogue. The story is told both in present and past, with younger actresses playing the couple. Kelli Strickland as a young Hannah captures her yearning to be free while wanting young Rachel, played by Ann Hageman, to keep the home fires burning. All actresses give this heartwarming story the warmth it deserves.

Anyone who is thinking of refusing access to a relative's loved-one during their final hours should watch this movie. In the end, what does it matter if two people were never married - the heart breaks just the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lesbian Film Guide on May 11, 2013
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Hannah and Rachel meet as children and eventually fall in love in a small mid-western town. When Rachel marries to conform to family and social expectations, the free spirited Hannah leaves, starting on a series of adventures to far-flung destinations. Rachel however, remained
the love of her life. After Rachel's husband dies, Hannah returns and they pick up where they had left off as lovers.

Hannah (Sharon Gless), now cantankerous nursing home resident, chronicles their life together while her lover Rachel (Maureen Gallagher) lies in a coma in the same nursing home. Frequent flashbacks weave between the past and present illustrating the strength of their love affair despite Rachel's marriage, Hannah's affairs, a war and family objections. Rachel's daughter Marge, who is jealous of the bond that Hannah and her mother share, forbids Hannah from seeing Rachel. When feisty 20-year-old Greta (Jacqui Jackson), Rachel's great-granddaughter arrives at the nursing home in search of stories from the depression era, she meets Hannah. Outraged that Hannah is unable to see Rachel, Greta plots to reunite the lovers.

Director Wendy Jo Carlton has created a moving portrait of a life lived and the devastation that occurs when a partner's life hangs in the balance. Screenwriter Claudia Allen is well known for her portrayals of strong female characters; she adapted Hannah Free from her own play.

Sharon Glass is brilliant as Hannah, an aging lesbian frustrated by the lack of rights and respect given to her in the nursing home she is forced to inhabit. She is as endearing in Hannah Free as she has been in TV dramas Queer as Folk and of course, Cagney and Lacey.

Chris Alderson
Author of the 2013 Lesbian Film Guide
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By susannah on October 25, 2011
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This was indeed a good film, and portrayed well all its characters, whether they were likable or not. Sharon Gless has always been one of my favorite actresses and she did well in this film but boy Hannah was a lousy partner. I think the film could have explored more not just Hannah's need to roam but her selfishness, why what she wanted, whether it was travel or another lover, came before everyone else's needs, always. It shouldn't have taken to elder age for her partner to put her foot down. Hannah seemed to be blind to the fact that there were children involved, who also loved and needed her, and felt abandoned by her. I could understand where the daughter's bitterness came from, and in a sense Hannah should have respected it, but she wanted it both ways.I was glad though that Hannah was able to get to the daughter's motivation for the choices she was making, and promote healing for both of them.

The film just glossed over these points but Gless and the other actors did a great job showing the love and pain and loneliness and anger. It is also important to depict the rights of lesbians/gays to have those they love around them and to make decisions for them. The segment of "If These Walls Could Talk 2" with Vanessa Redgrave, concerning this issue, will tear your heart out.
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