Monday, April 22, 2024

Classic underground lesbian film gets new lease of life

Newly restored lesbian classic captures an intense queer relationship in 1980s San Francisco underground porn scene.

Kino Lorber is pleased to present a New 2K restoration of Juliet Bashore’s underground lesbian classic, Kamikaze Hearts, starring Sharon Mitchell & Tigr. The film is available to stream from February 15 or own on Kino Now (PVOD).

Alternately 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 the pre-gentrification of San Francisco’s X-rated underground and an intense, searing love story.

The San Francisco Chronicle called it “Vibrant, gritty, enthralling.” Find out more here.

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