Desert Hearts (1986)
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|The best-selling lesbian title returns with never-before-seen additional footage!|
Desert Hearts ranks as the all-time classic lesbian favorite romantic film - and also stands as the top-grossing lesbian-made lesbian feature of all time (drawing $2.4 million at the box office).
Based on Jane Rule's novel Desert of the Heart, the movie tells the story of Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver), a repressed English professor who goes to Reno for a quickie divorce in 1959. She spends the weeks waiting for her final divorce papers at a dude ranch where she meets Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau), a beautiful young casino worker.
Cay is a free spirit - an artist by day and casino worker by night, as well as a lesbian. Her surrogate mother Frances (Audra Lindley in an amazing departure from her comic role in Three's Company) disapproves of her lifestyle, while also craving Cay's affection and attention.
To everyone's surprise, Vivian and Cay hit it off immediately as Cay introduces the shy academic to the wild-west casino scene as well as the breathless beauty of the desert. It's not long before Vivian finds her friendship moving into unexpected passion. And for Cay, it's the first time she has met someone who stirs her deepest emotions.
"Truly a landmark film in its positive and very realistic depiction...warm, expansive performances. Find-A-Video
"A smooth and sensitive film that convincingly circles around the many different kinds of love... Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
"Daring, erotic, touching. Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
"Startlingly intimate and unabashedly erotic. The Hollywood Reporter
Editor's NoteAn east coast English professor travels to Reno intent on dissolving her unfulfilling 12-year marriage and meets up with a fiery yet sensitive lesbian casino worker who forces her to confront emotions she hasn't experienced in years.
|Carol Jefferies, et. al. - Producer|
|David Brisbin - Art Director|
|Donna Deitch - Director|
|Jane Rule - Based On Novel By|
|Jeannine Claudia Oppewall - Production Designer|
|Natalie Cooper - Screenplay|
|Robert Elswit - Cinematographer|
|Robert Estrin - Editor|
|Independent Spirit, Patricia Charbonneau, Best Female Lead|
|Sundance Film Festival, Donna Deitch, Honorable Mention - Dramatic|
|Sundance Film Festival, Donna Deitch, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic|