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.
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We begin w/ Bresson as both the foundation & the point of deviation: materialist framing; elastic, Brechtian, slapstick manifestations of physical violence; playful literary & philosophical inquiries; performances perfectly balanced between the subdued & the emotive. Hartley's sense of irony is singular because it never undercuts youthful sincerity. Filmmakers should be both young & old: Hal Hartley is the paragon.