Hannah Free (2009)



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Claudia Allen adapts her own play detailing the decades-long love affair between a butch lesbian and a religious housewife for the screen in a film directed by Wendy Jo Carlton. The story begins in a nursing home, where an elderly Hannah (Sharon Gless) has been forbidden from visiting Rachel, the love of her life. Rachel is in a coma, and since Hannah is not family, she is refused entrance into her longtime lover's room. As Hannah's memories drift gently back into the past, she recalls her relationship with Rachel, which began when they were just young girls. Just when it begins to look as if Hannah will never see Rachel again, a sympathetic student offers to help her circumvent the traditional hospital rules regarding visitors. In the process of attempting to get one last glimpse of her beloved, however, Hannah is forced to come to terms with the fact that Rachel's view of their relationship wasn't all roses.
Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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Sharon Gless
as Hannah Free
Kelli Strickland
as Hannah (30s)
Ann Hagemann
as Rachel (30s)
Pat Kane
as Minister
Meg Thalken
as Mail Lady
Les Hinderyckx
as Old Man
Casey Tutton
as Young Hannah
Elita Ernsteen
as Young Rachel
Bev Spangler
as Night Nurse
Brad Harbaugh
as Male Nurse
Kate D. Mahoney
as Woman in Bar
Shawn Murray
as Activities Nurse
Dennis Stewart
as Old Man With Walker
Roberta 'Dolly' Baruch
as Backgammon Player
Jon Philips
as Jigsaw Player
David Strzepek
as Janitor
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Critic Reviews for Hannah Free

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Hannah Free is a tear-jerker about longtime lesbian lovers languishing in the same Michigan nursing home.

December 11, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

It might be OK some early morning on an obscure cable network. But that's it.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Gray-haired Gless grouches with embarrassing abandon while chatting with the young ghost of her soulmate and befriending a mysterious girl (Jackson).

Full Review… | December 8, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Hannah Free affords a terrific role for Sharon Gless.

Full Review… | December 7, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Decent production values can't fend off the feeling that the pic should have been consigned, if not to the stage, then to the smallscreen.

Full Review… | October 22, 2009
Top Critic

Hannah Free is as predictable as a Hallmark Channel movie, although there's undeniable pleasure to be had from watching Gless mumble and grumble and generally chew the scenery. Cagney lives, and she's as cranky as ever.

Full Review… | October 22, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hannah Free


Quiet and a little depressing movie about love, life, death and saying goodbye - with a marvelous cast, especially the amazing Sharon Gless.

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris

When viewed through the eyes of the American queer subculture of previous generations, this is an honest and sensual love story between women of substance onscreen. Carlton crafts a solid, fluid, darkly funny tale of a long-time love affair between Hannah and Rachel. Sharon Gless plays the sexy and flawed Hannah brilliantly.

VJ Minty
VJ Minty

Hannah Free is an amazing story that needs to be shared with everyone you know. Yes, Sharon Gless is fantastic (was there really ever any doubt?) but the rest of the cast is superb as well. Read my full review of Hannah Free here: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-28870-Seattle-Entertainment-Insider-Examiner~y2009m11d10-Sharon-Gless-brought-LA-to-Seattle-with-Hannah-Free Read my interview with Hannah Free Executive Producer Tracy Baim and co-star Ann Hagemann here: http://www.examiner.com/x-28870-Seattle-Entertainment-Insider-Examiner~y2009m11d27-Exclusive-Interview-with-Tracy-Baim-and-Ann-Hagemann-from-Hannah-Free GO SEE THIS FILM. NOW. GO.

Sarah Toce
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