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Kamikaze Hearts

Director: Juliet Bashore Run Time: 77 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1986

Starring: Sharon Mitchell, Tigr

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 na├»ve 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.