PARADISE THEATRE presents DESERT HEARTS

DESERT HEARTS (1985)

“It’s when you’re safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.”

― Thornton Wilder

This November let us commemorate the changing of the seasons with a group of films about the tricking business of starting over, and whether you can ever truly leave the past behind... The Paradise Presents: LEAVING HOME- films about what's on the other side of the rainbow, and what we leave behind to get there. From timeless tales of leaving the nest, to runaway youths embarking on new adventures, to stories of migration. Embrace the changes and join us as we travel far and wide with nine films that let us in on the journey.

RENO NEVADA, 1959. Vivian Bell came to town for a quick divorce. Of all the people she met there, the one who surprised her the most was herself. Join us on November 28th for a groundbreaking love story- The Paradise Presents: DESERT HEARTS.

Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first film, Desert Hearts, was groundbreaking upon its 1986 release: a love story about two women, produced and directed by a woman. In the 1959-set film, an adaptation of a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce, but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the younger free spirit Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against the breathtaking desert landscape. With smoldering chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, Desert Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor.

(Courtesy of Janus Films)

Monday November 28th, 6:00 PM/5:30 PM Doors

Directed by:
Donna Deitch
Year:
1985
Runtime:
91 mins
Rating:
14A
Language:
English

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