Directed by Juliet Bashore
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. New restoration!
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“Swift, complex and altogether challenging. A tempestuous, non-fiction love story. A wry sense of humor and compassion.”
“Alternately distressing, instructive, contestable, and fascinating. A disturbing glimpse of the modification of bodies, feelings, and lives.”
“No taboos left to break. Only the camera, with verité charm, trembles during kisses here.”
“Vibrant, gritty, enthralling.”
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- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Color: Color
|Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles||Los Angeles||CA||1653019200May 20 - May 27, 2022|
|Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan||New York||NY||1653624000May 27 - June 2, 2022|
|Alamo Drafthouse New Mission||San Francisco||CA||1653019200May 20 - May 28, 2022|
|Austin Film Society||Austin||TX||1652414400May 13 - May 17, 2022|
|BAM Rose Cinemas||Brooklyn||NY||1652414400May 13 - May 20, 2022|
|Cicada Cinema||Bloomington||IN||1661313600August 24 - August 31, 2022|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1652932800May 19 - May 23, 2022|
|Denver Film / Sie FilmCenter||Denver||CO||1652932800May 19 - May 24, 2022|
|Lightbox Film Center||Philadelphia||PA||1654747200June 9 - June 14, 2022|
|Nitehawk Cinema||Brooklyn||NY||1658203200July 19 - July 20, 2022|
|Stray Cat Film Center||Kansas City||MO||1655870400June 22 - June 27, 2022|
|Suns Cinema||Washington||DC||1654833600June 10 - June 17, 2022|
|The Beacon||Seattle||WA||1653019200May 20 - May 23, 2022|
|Winnipeg Cinematheque||Winnipeg||MB||1653019200May 20 - May 27, 2022|