Desert Hearts (1998)
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as Vivian Bell
as Cay Rivvers
as Frances Parker
as Art Warner
as Joe Lorenzo
as Red Cop
as Hungarian Gambler
Critic Reviews for Desert Hearts
The story is not sensationalistic, although its love scene could not be more emotional. It`s a gentle story of someone being brought in from the cold.
Desert Hearts wasn't the first, but it's certainly one of the most significant and an important forebearer to Todd Haynes and Phyllis Nagy's sublime Carol.
Despite many shortcomings--narrow focus, stiff dialogue, and lack of humor--it's worth seeing for historical reasons: this movie herladed a new wave of American gay and lesbian independent films.
Audience Reviews for Desert Hearts
Adorable, classic... I can't get over Patricia Charbonneau in this movie. Great performances by the whole cast really, and the story is well-written. To be fair though, I think it did lack a bit in development of both characters and story. The relationship between Vivian and Cay is so perfect though, the tension, the fear, the love, the affection... very well done. The ending leaves me so happy, because I know in my heart that it wasn't just 40 more minutes with each other;)
'50s-set lesbian love story probably seemed a lot more revolutionary in 1985 than it does now (one very steamy scene aside), yet it's a well-made, occasionally stirring film with a terrific Helen Shaver performance.
The story of an unexpected, atypical lesbian romance set in 1950's Reno, Nevada. If you're willing to overlook the low production quality and a few stiff performances, there's a very interesting film here. Helen Shaver is absolutely gorgeous and Audra Lindley (aka Mrs. Roper) impressed almost everyone with her portrayal of the loving but closed-minded stepmother. Overall, an enjoyable, unearthshattering respite from the never-ending onslaught of 'conventional' cinema.
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