Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Desert Hearts (1985)

I’m pretty sure that the idea of "love at first sight" was invented by a writer. As someone who has attempted screenwriting, I can tell you definitively that it takes a lot of pages to make characters believably fall in love. Love at first sight is a shortcut that allows the filmmakers to get to what they were really trying to make a film about. But what if your film is entirely and exclusively about the slow dance of falling in love? That is what Desert Hearts is. It’s a short movie, but it takes its time building that love story. Like Cay, it is single-minded in its pursuit. Everything else just falls away. The whole world falls away. All that is left is the beauty of the desert, and these two women, falling in love. You really have to admire the simplicity.

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