Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts Release Date: July 19, 2017

Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart, Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was…complicated. Landmark in its positive portrayal of sapphic romance and celebrated for its passionate, sensual bedroom scenes that nearly fog the camera’s lens, Deitch’s vision for Cay and Vivian’s nuanced onscreen relationship explores the tension inherent in a sheltered woman accepting her newfound sexual self.

Desert Hearts gets a 4K restoration and theatrical rerelease, courtesy of Janus Films.

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Starring: Helen Shaver,Patricia Charbonneau,Audra Lindley,Andra Akers,Gwen Welles,Dean Butler,James Staley,Katie La Bourdette,Alex McArthur,Tyler Tyhurst,Denise Crosby,Antony Ponzini,Brenda Beck,Sam Minsky,Patricia Frazier,Sheila Balter,Tom Martin,Joan Mankin,Frank Murtha,Dave Roberts,Bob Blankman,Ron Fisher,Gene Skaug,Donna Deitch,Gordon Chaplin,Jeffrey Tambor
Genres: DramaRomance
Directed By: Donna Deitch
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Janus Films
MPAA Rating R

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