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  • Released1985
  • Running time96 minutes
  • DirectorDonna Deitch
  • CastHelen Shaver, Audra Lindley

Vivian, an uptight and fragile New York intellectual (Shaver, THE COLOR OF MONEY), arrives in 1950s rural Nevada to establish the residency necessary to divorce her tedious Reno-based husband.

Staying on a ranch owned by her old friend Frances (Lindley), she finds her emotions unexpectedly stirred by Frances’ adopted daughter Cay (Charbonneau, KISS THE SKY), a sassy part-time casino worker and unabashed lesbian ten years her junior.

Documentarist Deitch’s first feature was a groundbreaking, accessible and often amusing story of a woman discovering her sexuality, with terrific performances from its major players, and a smart script based on Jane Rule’s celebrated novel.

It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She's unsatisfied with her marriage, and feels out of place at the ranch she stays on, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Cay Rivers, an open and self-assured lesbian, and the ranchowner's daughter. The emotions released by their developing intimacy, and Vivian's insecurities about her feelings towards Cay, are played out against a backdrop of rocky landscapes and country and western songs.

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