I’ll be traveling all day today. We’re going to spend the day with my folks in western PA since they didn’t get to see my son at Christmas. It’s a long drive to make round trip the same day but there’s not enough time to take more time than a day this time. When we get home tonight, I’ll be physically tired and ready to just “vegetate”. I decided to introduce my wife to a good romantic drama tonight starring an actress I know she likes, Sharon Gless.
The 2010 DVD release of the 2009 movie, Hannah Free is my vehicle of choice for relaxation tonight. It stars the previously mentioned Sharon Gless plus Maureen Gallagher and a few other lesser known but very competent actors. The film, directed by Wendy Jo Carlton, was adapted from a play by Claudia Allen.
I have an ulterior motive for choosing this movie. My wife is about 8 years younger than me. Both of us have hit middle age and I, of course, am significantly past it…unless I live to be 90! The “love story” between the two main characters, Hannah and Rachel, takes place over a lifetime and ends at the end of life as all good love stories do.
This isn’t a walk in the park though. Gless’ character Hannah, lives life as an out lesbian. Rachel lives the traditional life expected of a women who came of age in the time and place that she did but she always finds her way back to Hannah. As Rachel approaches the end of her life, Hannah struggles with not only the impending death of her lifelong love but with even simple access to her.
This is fiction…or is it? It sounds an awful lot like so much of what so many of us genuinely struggle with as lesbian couples today – our rights unrecognized by society and “well meaning” family members shielding their loved ones from those of us who have relationships with them they choose not to understand.
Depressing? Sad? Yes, it can be both of those things but it’s also poignant and uplifting. Give this one a chance to touch your heart.