Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts

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"It was the tenderness of Desert Hearts that got me, the hope, and the idea that a woman didn't need to have it all nailed down by the time she hit 30, that a woman could give in to what she wanted and just figure it out as she went along...." -Heather Hogan, Autostraddle

"The story is not sensationalistic, although its love scene could not be more emotional. It`s a gentle story of someone being brought in from the cold." -Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

Desert Hearts
Director: 
Donna Deitch
Country: 
USA
Year: 
1985
Runtime: 
91 minutes

Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first film, Desert Hearts, was groundbreaking upon its 1986 release: a love story about two women, produced and directed by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce, but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape. With smoldering chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, Desert Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor.

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