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by admin October 20, 2009

Hannah free

by admin October 20, 2009

Hannah Free is a film about love, life and friendship. We are introduced to Mary H. Freed (Sharon Gless), or Hannah Free as she prefers to be called, as she reminisces about her childhood with her best friend Rachel (Maureen Gallagher). Now in a nursing home in the American Midwest, Rachel and Hannah were lovers in their youths, but were kept apart as war, marriages and children came between them.
Much of Hannah’s story is told through flashbacks, monologues and journal entries. However, the most revealing information about her life is explored during her imaginary conversations with a young Rachel (Elita Ernsteen).
The real Rachel resides in the home, but in a vegetative state in a room not-too-far from Hannah’s. Rachel’s daughter, Marge (Taylor Miller), has forbidden the nurses to allow Hannah to visit Rachel. This causes Hannah to argue with the staff on a daily basis, until a curious young student, Greta (Jacqui Jackson), sneaks Hannah into Rachel’s room during the wee hours of the morning. It is here, again through flashbacks, that we see Rachel and Hannah’s love in action. Scenes of Hannah’s life in New Mexico, Michigan and Alaska delve deep into the reasons why Hannah and Rachel could not be together.
In general, the cast is not as strong as it could have been. Though the actresses are physically believable, with the exception of Gless (a Golden Globe winner, known for her work on Cagney & Lacey and Queer as Folk), their performances often were not.
The film’s melodrama is reminiscent of a made-for-tv movie, but the quirky nurses and patients make the film more enjoyable. Television veteran Gless’ solid performance as the tired, exasperated and desperate Hannah Free also elevates the movie as a whole.

Hannah Free screens at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 at The J.A. de Sève Theatre

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Hannah Free is a film about love, life and friendship. We are introduced to Mary H. Freed (Sharon Gless), or Hannah Free as she prefers to be called, as she reminisces about her childhood with her best friend Rachel (Maureen Gallagher). Now in a nursing home in the American Midwest, Rachel and Hannah were lovers in their youths, but were kept apart as war, marriages and children came between them.
Much of Hannah’s story is told through flashbacks, monologues and journal entries. However, the most revealing information about her life is explored during her imaginary conversations with a young Rachel (Elita Ernsteen).
The real Rachel resides in the home, but in a vegetative state in a room not-too-far from Hannah’s. Rachel’s daughter, Marge (Taylor Miller), has forbidden the nurses to allow Hannah to visit Rachel. This causes Hannah to argue with the staff on a daily basis, until a curious young student, Greta (Jacqui Jackson), sneaks Hannah into Rachel’s room during the wee hours of the morning. It is here, again through flashbacks, that we see Rachel and Hannah’s love in action. Scenes of Hannah’s life in New Mexico, Michigan and Alaska delve deep into the reasons why Hannah and Rachel could not be together.
In general, the cast is not as strong as it could have been. Though the actresses are physically believable, with the exception of Gless (a Golden Globe winner, known for her work on Cagney & Lacey and Queer as Folk), their performances often were not.
The film’s melodrama is reminiscent of a made-for-tv movie, but the quirky nurses and patients make the film more enjoyable. Television veteran Gless’ solid performance as the tired, exasperated and desperate Hannah Free also elevates the movie as a whole.

Hannah Free screens at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 at The J.A. de Sève Theatre

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