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Surviving Desire (1991)

Cast: Martin Donovan, Mary Ward, Matt Malloy, more...
Director: Hal Hartley
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Independent, Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: English
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Made for PBS' American Playhouse, Surviving Desire is a very short romantic comedy starring Martin Donovan and Mary Ward. He's an uninspired college literature professor. She's a kooky student, and the only member of Donovan's class who doesn't doze off during his lectures. The comedy relies upon the inevitable pairing of two vague, aimless, but very recognizable campus types. The videocassette version of Surving Desire is filled out with two other short subjects directed by Hal Hartley. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

me talk pretty some day by cammelltoe August 16, 2003 - 2:27 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
another slam dunk from hal hartley, the gentleman most well known to the unwashed movie-going masses for Henry Fool. Here we have hartley stalwart Martin Donovan trying to deceipher his emotions for a pixiesh student with the help of the brothers karamozov and a drunk friend. I love it. The wit, slapstick and emotional honesty of hartley's work give us mere mortals reason to get up in the morning and face another day of miscommunicating with a miscommunicated world. Highly recommended.

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