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Valentine’s Day Dinner and a Movie: Desert Hearts

Wed, Feb 14 / Dinner at 5pm, Film at 7 pm
Directed by Donna Deitch
1985, USA, 96 min

Back by popular demand, Cinematheque and Peasant Cookery present a romantic evening full of great cuisine and film!

1st course – Oysters Rockefeller (baked oysters with bacon and spinach)

2nd course – Herb fed MB Premium pork chops stuffed with apple and cheddar, duchess potatoes and Brussels sprouts with hollandaise.

3rd course – Baked Alaska (chocolate sponge cake with coffee ice cream, meringue and passion-fruit coulis)

Each course comes with a wine pairing, and vegetarian options are available.


Based on Jane Rule’s 1964 novel Desert of the Heart, Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centres on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was…complicated. Landmark in its positive portrayal of sapphic romance and celebrated for its passionate, sensual bedroom scenes that nearly fog the camera’s lens, Deitch’s vision for Cay and Vivian’s nuanced onscreen relationship explores the tension inherent in a sheltered woman accepting her newfound sexual self. Desert Hearts has been digitally restored by The Criterion Collection/Janus Films and UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and Sundance Institute.

DINNER & MOVIE TICKETS: $135
Includes a three course meal with wine pairings for two, and two film admissions.

MOVIE ONLY: $10 (No Passes)

Tickets available online or by phone (204) 925-3456 ext. 106.

Reviews

Steeped in moody, classic country and western music, it conveys romantic longing and confusion with bittersweet intensity...hypnotic. Camille Paglia, Sight and Sound
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