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½ September 15, 2013
A story about living and loving and letting go.
½ February 28, 2013
I thought it was fairly well done.. not perfect, but heartfelt .
½ May 13, 2012
Quiet and a little depressing movie about love, life, death and saying goodbye - with a marvelous cast, especially the amazing Sharon Gless.
October 9, 2011
Adapted from a play and it showed. Sharon Gless was good in the role, but it was too slow and boring. They needed to show more variety in the flashbacks and delve deeper into the world back then.
October 9, 2011
Adapted from a play and it showed. Sharon Gless was good in the role, but it was too slow and boring. They needed to show more variety in the flashbacks and delve deeper into the world back then.
½ November 9, 2010
Quiet and a little depressing movie about love, life, death and saying goodbye - with a marvelous cast, especially the amazing Sharon Gless.
½ September 27, 2010
Sharon Gless plays a sassy lesbian. Need I say more?
September 11, 2010
It is not often that I say "WOW" about a movie. Finally a movie that depicts older lesbians. And not only that but women who generally love and care for each other, even though they did not spend their lives entirely together. We have Hannah (Gless's character) as a "wanderer" and her most of the time partner content to stay back in Minnesota and cook, clean, marry and raise children. Then trajedy brings them together in the same nursing home-where they are forbidden to see each other (the grown daughter has forbidden it). Gless is masterful as bringing up revelations of old time butches as she pines for her partner a few doors down the hall. Then a grand daughter of her partner shows up and agrees to take Hannah down the hall to sit with her Grandmother. Of course the grand daughter is a lesbian.

I found this movie to be very sweet and touching, with absolutely believable love scenes in it.

It is a wonderful movie that needs to be seen.
August 28, 2010
Such a sad movie!! It's like the older, lesbian version of "The Notebook". A love for the ages between the characters. Sharon Gless is fantastic (there are still some signs of Chris Cagney in her. LOL!) Well acted by all -- I didn't dig the younger Hannah much -- but thank goodness for Sharon Gless. The humor in it keeps it from being overly tedious. It has a total indie feel to it as well. Cute, sad, yet kinda uplifting movie.
½ July 31, 2010
Adapted from a play by Claudia Allen, ‚??Hannah Free‚?? is one of those films that rely completely on dialog and performances. And this time both are spot on perfect, with Sharon Gless shining as Hannah, an old woman slowly dying in a hospital. The core of the story is Hannah relationship with Rachel, a woman who is dying in that very same hospital. Rachel's family won't let Hannah say her farewells to a lifelong partner who could slip away at any minute.

This premise sounds endlessly corny, but with a powerful play behind it this movie turns into a stylish drama about everyday life. Through flashback sequences and experimental scenes the relationship of the two quite different women gets illuminated in a way that isn't sappy or overly romantic. Allen has adapted the script herself, and her scenes show some true literary talent.

The only thing that prevents ‚??Hannah Free‚?? from being completely excellent is the production, most notably the cinematography. The film is lit like a daytime soap opera, and when the microscopic budget is apparent and the story is already flirting with the sentimental this really put me off. The movie holds itself together commendably well, but the clich√©d look does have a slightly crippling effect. Still, this one gets very near to perfection, which is more than enough for me to recommend it warmly.
½ July 25, 2010
Beautiful movie w/ one exception.... Sharon Gless just did not look old enough to be in a nursing home dying.
July 14, 2010
almost, but not quite, as bad as it looks. Sharon Gless is good as a cantankerous pensioner.
July 3, 2010
cant wait 2 see it ive seen clips it luks amazing
June 1, 2010
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.
October 26, 2009
"Hannah Free" affords a terrific role for Sharon Gless, who runs with it gloriously, playing a salty, blunt elderly lesbian confined to a wheelchair in a convalescent home but still possessed of a hearty spirit that in her need for "life to surprise her" led her to roam the world. Hannah, however, always returned to her small Midwest town, eventually settling down with Rachel, the woman who had been her lifelong lover.

It took years for the two women to come to terms with their mutual grand passion, with Rachel as traditional a woman as Hannah has always been unconventional. Rachel even married for appearance's sake, becoming a young widow with twins, but now Rachel (Maureen Gallagher), having suffered a severe stroke, lies in a coma in a room not far from Hannah's. Rachel's daughter Marge (Taylor Miller), a dim, homophobic, religious conservative, refuses to let Hannah visit her mother on the grounds that it would upset Rachel -- nevermind that she is unconscious.

Then Rachel's great-granddaughter Greta (Jacqui Jackson) pays a visit, setting in motion Hannah and Rachel's love story, which unfolds in flashbacks. It is a story, beautifully told, of love enduring the obstacles that have always challenged gay people -- and still do. Now Hannah faces her greatest challenge -- simply in getting to bid her lover goodbye.

Claudia Allen has skillfully adapted her play to the screen, opening it up without destroying its intimacy and cohesiveness. Wendy Jo Carlton has directed "Hannah Free" with a simplicity and cinematic fluidity that serves Allen's often tart, amusing dialogue well. The exceptional cast includes Kelli Strickland as the younger Hannah and Ann Hagemann as the younger Rachel. The film goes for an ending scene that would surely smack of the improbable were it not so well-played by Gless, Jackson and especially Miller -- but in the end, the movie belongs to Sharon Gless.

-- Kevin Thomas LA TIMES
Super Reviewer
½ October 26, 2009
Quiet but never depressing movie about love, life, death and saying goodbye - with a marvelous cast, especially the amazing Sharon Gless. Great film.
October 6, 2009
Best movie I've seen in a long time! The humor throughout the movie gives it a great feel when it could have easily become a tedious story. The writing is superb. I only had a couple of small issues with the ease of the ending - but I won't spoil that for you! :-)

Definitely worth seeing!
½ September 20, 2009
For being based on a play, it was a little slow but at the same time had good pacing. Great acting from Sharon Gless and the rest of the cast. Was worth the watch for the story.
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