Genre Guesstimation – Desert Hearts (1985)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Getter of Mettel Ray and we will be reviewing our favorite LGBTQ+ Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Getter!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of LGBTQ+ Movies..

“My only clear memory is arriving. The rest is a blur. An absolute blur. ” – Vivian

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A professor travels to Nevada in order to gain a quick divorce from her husband and unexpectedly falls in love.

My Take on it – This is a film with a very intriguing premise that unfortunately isn;t realized like one would hope.

When watching a love story, it must be very apparent that the characters are truly in love and it doesn’t matter if one is dealing with a male/female , male/male or female/female relationship.

This is a film that says so much about the way relationships between women were viewed by society in the 50’s.

The film never takes the time to develop these characters more thoroughly and that hurts things too much here since it makes it more difficult to really care about what happens to these characters.

The love between these two characters isn’t felt enough and that is quite detrimental to a film all about a relationship when we can’t see it come to life and find it believable and realistic.

This movie’s soundtrack is great and is able to transport us back in time to a time and place which are seemingly more innocent.

The cast is pretty talented but the performances are lessened by the lack of feeling true love between these characters.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that says so much about the way relationships between two women were viewed in the 50’s.  The characters aren’t developed well enough for us to really care about them which is a shame.  The love between these characters isn’t felt in the way that it should and that hurts things too much in order for the story to come to life and feel more believable and realistic. The movie has a great soundtrack which helps transport us back in time to a seemingly more innocent world.  The cast is quite talented but the fact that we can’t feel the love between these characters unfortunately takes away from the performances.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Patricia Charbonneau filmed the entire movie while pregnant. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope. The story is quite good but it’s so hard to really feel the love between these characters which is quite problematic.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Desert Hearts (1985)

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