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 »

Director:

Hal Hartley

Writer:

Hal Hartley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Donovan ... Jude
Matt Malloy ... Henry
Rebecca Nelson Rebecca Nelson ... Katie
Julie Kessler ... Jill (as Julie Sukman)
Mary B. Ward Mary B. Ward ... Sofie
Thomas J. Edwards Thomas J. Edwards
George Feaster George Feaster
Lisa Gorlitsky
Emily Kunstler Emily Kunstler
John MacKay John MacKay
James McCauley ... (as James Michael McCauley)
Vincent Rutherford
Gary Sauer
Steven Schub
Hannah Sullivan Hannah Sullivan ... (as Patricia Sullivan)
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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The professor at the lecture reads to the students of the Brothers Karamazov of Dostoevsky. See more »

Quotes

Jude: I'm in pain
Henry: All pain is desire.
Jude: Is that criticism or advice?
Henry: I think it's Buddhism.
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Drug Test
Performed by Yo La Tengo
Written by Ira Kaplan
Courtesy of Roshashauna Music, BMI
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Flawless
28 January 2012 | by webster151-270-250523See all my reviews

I consider this film to be one of the undiscovered gems of the 90's, and I'd rank it among Hartley's 3 best works (along with "Trust" and his masterpiece: "Henry Fool"). The short running time shouldn't detract from its stature. (It's too long to be a "short", too short to be a "feature"...think of it as a novella on celluloid.) The dialogue is Hartley at his most deft and agile, the chemistry between the leads is magnificent, and the film is inventive and original at every turn, taking us into brilliant culdesacs and then returning us to the narrative with an easy grace. Quite simply, it's one of my all-time favorites, and I watch it at least once or twice a year on an old VHS copy, which I've nearly worn out. I love this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1993 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Surviving Desire See more »

Filming Locations:

Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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