The aesthetic start to finish! Saturated. Sirkian, almost. Already a wry nostalgia to it when it was made, alongside its frank emotional dramas, or maybe to justify them (also the reason the camp aspects don't seem dated & 80s today). Pulled off in a way Todd Haynes never managed. I loved nearly every character, nearly right away. The camera loved them. So did the script. Easy, beguiling & sexy. Couldn't not love it.
Let's be objective for a while. The film is dealing with a topic not often covered in American cinema, I don't deny it. But it's about all that can be said about 'Desert Hearts', I'm afraid. Already forgotten.
This film is simply amazing from it's extraordinary desert locales to the very natural performances from the two leads that will make you feel every emotion in this roller coaster of a love story that was way ahead of its time but is a true gem no less.
This movie is so sexy and beautiful I'll forgive the hokey dialogue. Also it's a movie about lesbians, made by a lesbian director, where no one dies and it doesn't end in a love triangle with a man. Just a classic romance with all the ambiguities of life as a woman who loves women in the 50s.
ok tbh I loved this..... the rain kissing scene>the notebook, "what is it you want", "another 40 mins with you" convincing her girl to hop onto a moving train! instant classic.... AND a movie about gays where absolutely nothing tragic or even emotionally crippling happens? all I did was smile, A+
Enjoyable, especially considering there aren't nearly enough lesbian films out there. A 50s-esque melodrama made in the 80s, set in the 50s (???). The special features with multi-angle and multi-take shots of the sex scene were especially ridiculous.