Surviving Desire

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Surviving Desire ★★★ 1991

Donovan plays Jude, a neurotic, romantic English professor who falls madly in love with an independently minded student, Sophie. Unfortunately, Sophie is more interested in how the seduction will advance her writing than how it will affect her life. The lovers explore their brief affair by analyzing every emotion and motive in a series of quirky conversations. Intelligent, amusing, and stylized film from director Hartley. The tape also includes two Hartley shorts: “Theory of Achievement” and “Ambition.” 86m/C VHS, DVD . Martin Donovan, Mary B. Ward, Matt Malloy, Rebecca Nelson; D: Hal Hartley; C: Michael Spiller.