Surviving Desire

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Surviving Desire
DVD cover of the movie Surviving Desire.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Hal Hartley
Produced by Jerome Brownstein, Ted Hope
Written by Hal Hartley
Starring Martin Donovan, Julie Kessler, Matt Malloy, Merritt Nelson, Mary B. Ward
Music by The Great Outdoors, Hal Hartley (as Ned Rifle)
Cinematography Michael Spiller
Edited by Hal Hartley
Distributed by Wellspring Media (DVD)
Release date
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Surviving Desire is a 1991 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Hal Hartley. It stars Martin Donovan, Julie Kessler, Matt Malloy, Merritt Nelson, and Mary B. Ward.[1]


College professor Jude (Donovan) becomes smitten with a student named Sofie (Ward). The two enjoy a brief time together, only to find that numerous obstacles, both tangible and intangible, prevent them from moving forward. Their conflict begins to expose parallels with the themes Jude covers in his literature class.

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Surviving Desire is generally distributed with two other short films by Hartley, Theory of Achievement and Ambition.


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