The Bottom Line
- One of the first lesbian films
- Gorgeous Cinematography
- Great sex-scene
- None to speak of
- Desert Hearts, 1985
- Director: Donna Deitch
- Based on the novel Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule
- 91 minutes, filmed in the United States
- Cast: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Dean Butler.
Guide Review - Desert Hearts
The film is set in 1959 in Reno, NV. Vivian, an English professor has come to Nevada to apply for a divorce. Local ranch girl lesbian Cay immediately falls for Vivian. Vivian is intrigued, but somewhat uptight. It is 1959 afterall!
Eventually Cay and Vivian end up in bed together in what remains one of the best lesbian love scenes on film. Both actors are beautiful and they do a fine job of acting the desire of one woman for another.
Although some drama ensues with Cay's family, the film ends on an up-beat, yet believeable note.