DESERT HEARTS
1985, Janus Films, 96 min, USA, Dir: Donna Deitch

Director Donna Deitch’s feature debut was this pioneering, 1950s-set lesbian romance adapted from Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart. New York English professor Helen Shaver meets Reno casino worker Patricia Charbonneau at a Nevada ranch that caters to women finalizing their divorces; the two are soon attracted to each other despite their different backgrounds. “An astonishingly polished and nuanced first film.” - Paul Attanasio, The Washington Post.


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