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Surviving Desire (1993)

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Jude, a college literature professor, falls for one of his students. She is more interested in the empirical experience of a relationship with a man whose life is ruled by the themes of the... See full summary »

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Jude, a college literature professor, falls for one of his students. She is more interested in the empirical experience of a relationship with a man whose life is ruled by the themes of the Russian Lit. he extolls in class. Jude shows an interesting side of the stigmas associated with transgenerational relationships and how to deal with the inevitable pain of a love doomed to failure. Written by Mike Bush <mbush@osiris.ac.hmc.edu>

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Henry: How do you proceed?
Jude: 'To live just move forward to those you love'
Henry: An intriguing theory.
Jude: No. An empirical truth.
Henry: But knowledge won't help you where you're going.
Jude: What will?
Henry: Faith.
Jude: You mean love.
Henry: No faith.
Jude: What's the distinction between faith and love?
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A small piece of perfection.
25 January 1999 | by (England.) – See all my reviews

Surviving desire was made for American Television and is only about an hour long. Despite the limited running time, Hal Hartley has produced in this film his best work. Using his trademark non-naturalistic dialogue and intellectualism, Hartley builds odd, but very believable characters. This is a touching film, expertly made and contains Martin Donovan's finest performance as the frustrated Jude. Matt Malloy is also fantastic as Henry. The mixture of high art, the emotional, the bizarre and the mundane make this often ignored opus a must see for anyone interested in cinema. An understated and ever-fresh film full of brilliance. Not the best film ever made, but absolutely one of my favourites.


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