This adaptation of 1964’s Desert of the Hearts (one of the only non-pulp lesbian novels of its time) was subversive in 1985 simply for treating lesbianism as neither tragic nor a phase. It’s 1959, and Vivian is a professor staying at a guest ranch in Reno waiting for her divorce to go through, when she falls for free-spirited casino worker Cay. The first lesbian-themed feature film written and directed by women is an enchantingly optimistic love story.
format: DCP, runtime: 1h36m
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