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Desert Hearts R

In 1959, Vivian Bell came to Reno, Nevada for a quick divorce. Of all the people she met there, the one who surprised her the most was herself.
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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 14, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1985
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: New, restored 4k digital transfer, supervised by Director of Photography Robert Elswit
    • Audio Commentary from 2007 featuring Director Donna Deitch
    • New conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch
    • New interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau
    • Remembering Reno, a new program featuring Deitch, Elswit, and Production Designer Jeannine Oppewall
    • Excerpt from Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule, a 1994 documentary about the author of Desert of the Heart, the 1964 novel on which the film is based
    • Plus: An essay by critic B. Ruby Rich
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 17


User Ratings: 3,459
Rating: 4/5 -- All these years later, in an age where LGBTQIA+ stories are being normalized more and more in the mainstream, Desert Hearts still retains its power because its edges remain so daring. Full Review
The Lonely Film Critic
Jun 18, 2019
It advocates risk and consciousness in tandem as the only means to overcome the cold, repressive hand of so-called normative thought. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Jul 11, 2017
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Desert Hearts was an important, and beautiful, first step toward a movie world where LGBTQ couples were allowed unapologetically to be themselves. Full Review
Salt Lake Tribune
Aug 3, 2017
Desert Hearts is an important, overlooked film in the struggle to get gay characters on the screen. T Full Review
Spectrum Culture
Aug 13, 2019
Desert Hearts, a daring and accomplished first feature by perceptive director Donna Deitch, is a movie that sneaks up on you. Full Review
Gannett News Service
Nov 5, 2019
One of the film's most fascinating features is the use of rock and country music to build a world in which there are only two human conditions: romantic fulfillment, and romantic loneliness. Full Review
Aug 6, 2018
Rating: 3.5/4 -- 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. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Jan 16, 2013

Product Description:

An east coast English professor travels to Reno intent on dissolving her unfulfilling 12-year marriage and meets up with a fiery yet sensitive lesbian casino worker who forces her to confront emotions she hasn't experienced in years.

Plot Synopsis:

At 35 years of age, literature professor Vivian Bell heads out to Reno for a quickie divorce. But when she gets to Nevada, where she has to wait until her papers come through, a whole new world opens up to Vivian when avowed lesbian Cay Rivers openly begins to seduce her. Vivian at first resists Cay's overtures, but as time goes on, she is forced to admit her attraction.
But as Vivian's days in Nevada come to a close, she faces a quandary: can she actually bring this randy cowgirl into her stodgy, intellectually elite New York life' Or will she have to give up the best love she's ever experienced'


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  • UPC: 715515206013
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