Desert Hearts
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In a film adapted from the novel Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule, an unassuming college professor (Helen Shaver) comes to Nevada to get a divorce. There, a friendship with a young casino waitress (Patricia Charbonneau) soon turns into a lesbian affair.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Despite many shortcomings--narrow focus, stiff dialogue, and lack of humor--it's worth seeing for historical reasons: this movie herladed a new wave of American gay and lesbian independent films."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A smooth and sensitive film that convincingly circles around the many different kinds of love and lets in light from several angles."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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