Desert Hearts 18
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This film was last shown on 24 February 2020
Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first film, Desert Hearts, was ground-breaking when it was released in 1985: a love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a shoestring budget, directed by a woman.
With undeniable chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography, Desert Hearts is a soulful, electrifying romance.
Set in the 1950s, Desert Hearts follows strait-laced professor Vivian Bell as she arrives in Nevada to file for divorce. On arrival she winds up catching the eye of someone new, the free-spirited young Cay, setting off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breath-taking desert landscape.
- Donna Deitch
- 96 mins
- Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau