“...the 1986 film about lesbian awakening that gives Carol a run for its money”
DATE: 18 Mar 2018
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas
Director Donna Deitch
Cast Patricia Charbonneau, Helen Shaver
Genre Retrospective, Drama, Romance
Run Time 96min
Awards & Screenings
BFI Flare 2017, Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017
Source Janus Films
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, strait laced 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 smouldering 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 candour.