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Kamikaze Hearts

Fri, May 20 / 7pm
Sat, May 21 / 9:30pm
Wed, May 25 / 7pm
Thu, May 26 / 7pm
Directed by Juliet Bashore
1986, USA, 77 min

Alternately distressing, instructive, contestable, and fascinating, Juliet Bashore’s quasi-documentary plunge into the 1980s porn industry takes an unsparing look at issues of misogyny, drug abuse, and exploitation via the story of two women—the naive newcomer Tigr and her partner, the magnetic, imperious porn veteran Sharon Mitchell — caught in a toxic romance.

By turns mesmerizing and unsettling, Kamikaze Hearts is both a fascinating record of pre-gentrification San Francisco’s X-rated underground and an intense, searing love story. The film offers a disturbing glimpse of the modification of bodies, feelings, and lives.

Join us on Friday, May 20 for a Q&A with writer/director Juliet Bashore and actress Sharon Mitchell.

Reviews

The contradiction at the center of the sex film: that real acts are being performed in works that are otherwise pure fantasy. Here, Bashore takes that contradiction and applies it to documentary, blurring the lines between storyboard and reality to create a piece that's as honest as it is staged; a movie within a movie within a movie.”
- Elizabeth Purchell, Letterboxd
Alternately distressing, instructive, contestable, and fascinating. A disturbing glimpse of the modification of bodies, feelings, and lives.”
- The Chicago Reader
No taboos left to break. Only the camera, with verité charm, trembles during kisses here.”
- The Village Voice
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