Desert Winds

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Two strangers are brought together by a powerful quirk of nature in this drama. Eugene (Michael Nickles) is a man in his thirties looking for a new meaning in his life. He thinks he may have found something when he discovers a mysterious wind tunnel in the desert that will carry the human voice for an unusual distance -- and he finds himself talking to Jackie (Heather Graham), a beautiful twentysomething who lives over 500 miles away. As Eugene and Jackie get to know each other without seeing one another, they find themselves caught up in the mysterious magic of the wind currents, said to have beneficial spiritual energies by Native Americans living in the desert. Desert Winds was written, directed, and produced by leading man Michael Nickles; pop singer Adam Ant also appears in a small role.


Jessica Hamilton
as Young Jackie
Grace Zabriskie
as Jackie's Mother
Jack Kehler
as Eugene's Father

Critic Reviews for Desert Winds

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (7)

  • Arriving more than a few years after author Robert Bly popularized the concept of male self-exploration, this Canadian documentary seems a bit too touchy-feely even for the age of Oprah.

    Mar 2, 2006
  • The tribe's unfailing politeness outside of activities specifically designed to arouse testosterone underlines the suspiciously benign nature of the entire endeavor.

    Feb 27, 2006 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Top Critic
  • Here's what Kohler isn't telling us: The kind of men who'd sign up for a trip like this aren't exactly the kind who'd have trouble opening up, and the kind of men who could afford a trip like this aren't exactly 'regular guys.'

    Feb 16, 2006 | Rating: C-

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Though it generates its share of unintentional giggles, François Kohler's documentary manages to take us to a seldom-visited place: the hidden corners of the straight male mind.

    Feb 15, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • Desert Wind will be of interest to men -- and especially to women, who might learn much they didn't know about the opposite sex.

    Feb 15, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • We sense that the balance of the film's observations is being skewed by the camera's preference for the emotional exhibitionists in the bunch.

    Feb 15, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

    Jan Stuart

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Desert Winds

  • Jul 15, 2008
    Great movie! Intriguing story plot.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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