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. –IMDb
Hal Hartley, Jr. (born November 3, 1959) is an American film director, writer, and pioneer of the independent film movement, who was educated at the State University of New York at Purchase.
Hartley graduated and moved to New York City in 1984. He shot his feature film debut, The Unbelievable Truth, in 1988 and remained extremely active in the years that followed; producing feature films like Trust, Simple Men, Amateur, and Flirt. Unlike most feature film directors, Hartley also continued making short films, many of which have been collected in a DVD anthology.
His films were often noted for dialogue that was simultaneously philosophical and humorous. In the early 90s, he often composed and performed the music for his films under the pseudonym Ned Rifle. —wikipedia
There's something about a Hal Hartley film that sets it apart from others. It's rapid fire dialogue and sense of humour, the philosophy of life being uttered by all characters and the wonderful acting from the cast. Surviving Desire asks the hard questions about love and desire, it may need a few visits to fully understand what Hartley is trying to say as there are so many different meanings he could possibly mean. The film is a brisk 53 minutes long but yet I wanted more, I could probably watch Martin Donovan for another couple hours to be honest, fantastic actor. Hal Hartley may not be for everyone but I for one love his movies.