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Desert Hearts: American Independent

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Desert Hearts: American Independent

Desert Hearts: American Independent

Hitch away with Donna Deitch's 1985 romantic classic, Desert Hearts -- an essential part of our American Independent series.

In 1959, a professor named Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) travels to Nevada in order to gain residency that will enable a divorce. Staying at a guest house ranch for women only, Vivian meets a young sculptor named Cay Rivers (Patricia Charbonneau), who had been raised by the owner of the ranch. Slowly but surely, Vivian and Cay develop a connection that promises to bring them closer, if not threatening to pull away the people around them.

Based on the 1964 novel Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule, Desert Hearts has resonated over time as a deceptively scrappy and eloquently told lesbian romance.

  • Rating R
  • Running time 91
  • Genre Arthouse 101

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Wednesday, May 3rd
Thursday, May 4th