30 Days of Queer Cinema - Day 16 | Desert Hearts
Donna Deitch's beguiling romance feels like something of an anomaly, especially for 1985. A decidedly queer romance that doesn't end in tragedy, but on a tentative note of hope, an ellipsis of possibility that puts a lovely button on this delicate tale of friendship and love between two women in the 1950s.
Desert Hearts is awash in 1950s imagery and music, Elvis and Patsy Cline adorn the film's wistful soundtrack, carrying us away into a decidedly unexpected romance in the most unlikely of places. In Deitch's steady hands, the film avoids male gaze tropes to create something uncommonly tender and real, a tale of awakening and self discovery that is nearly impossible to shake.