Desert Hearts

Director: Donna Deitch

Drama | Lesbian | UNCLASSIFIED 18+ | 96 MINS | USA | 1986


‘A new 4k restoration brings new life to Deitch’s gem.’
– Indiewire

Groundbreaking at the time for its explicit depiction of attraction between women, Desert Hearts recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Set in the 1950s and adapted by the book Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule, the film follows University professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) as she uproots her life to move to Nevada while waiting for a divorce. At a local ranch Vivian meets free-spirited Cay (Patricia Charbonneau). She is simultaneously shocked and enthralled by Cay’s brashness and openness about her sexuality. What follows is a sensual romance playing out against a vivid desert landscape. Desert Hearts will reach in and put a string of lights around even the most hardened heart. A true lesbian classic not to be missed on the big screen!

Courtesy: Janus Films

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