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Flirt (1996)




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This episodic, internationally-produced drama from filmmaker Hal Hartley offers three variations on a singular theme: the romantic dilemma faced by a flirtatious lover when his primary partner begins asking for a real commitment. The first introduces the basic tale. Set in New York in early 1993, this segment was pared down from a 23-minute short film. Bill stands at a pay phone; his lover Emily is in her apartment trying to persuade him to commit to her before she leaves for Paris because she has just received a marriage proposal from another. Eventually he agrees to have made his decision by the time he picks her up for the ride to the airport. While on the phone with her, he flirts shamelessly with a beautiful girl. Afterward, he calls Margaret, his other lover, and asks her the same questions Emily asked him. Later a good friend warns Bill that Margaret has just split up with her husband and another counsels him that Margaret is poison. Utterly confused, Bill visits a public restroom and begins talking to himself. Much to his surprise, three bums, in Greek chorus fashion, advise him. A little freaked, Bill heads for a bar and finds Margaret's disconsolate husband who is drinking himself blind in preparation to shoot himself. The men talk and Bill is accidentally shot. Later he lies in a hospital dreaming of women. As he does, he finally realizes what he must do. The second variation is set in 1944 Berlin and retells the same story, using the same dialog, with homosexuals playing the major roles. The third tale is set in Tokyo, 1995 during the rehearsal of a butoh mime troupe. All wear heavy white make-up and billowy clothing. This variation is freer than the others, but the story remains much the same.

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Peter Fitz
as The Doctor
Maria Schrader
as Woman at Bar
Liana Pai
as Woman at Phone Booth
Kumiko Ishizuka
as Naomi, Miho's Friend
Michael Imperioli
as Michael, Bill's Friend
Holt McCallany
as Bartender
Karen Sillas
as Dr. Clint
Lianna Pai
as Woman at Phone Booth
Hannah Sullivan
as Trish the Waitress
Harold Perrineau
as Men's Room Man No. 1
Lianna Pal
as [Uncredited]
Harold Perriman
as [Uncredited]
Robert John Burke
as Men's Room Man No. 2
Paul Austin
as Men's Room Man No. 3
Paul Schultze
as [Uncredited]
José Zúñiga
as Cab Driver
Patricia Scanlon
as Woman at Bar
Susanna Simon
as Elisabeth, Dwight's Friend
Jorg Biesler
as [Uncredited]
Boris Aljinovic
as Fashion Stylist
Nils Brück
as [Uncredited]
Jacob Klaffke
as [Uncredited]
Hans Martin Stier
as Boris, Laborer No. 1
Lars Rudolph
as Peter, Laborer No. 2
Jorg Biester
as Mike, Laborer No. 3
Gerhard Severin
as Mac the Bartender
Sabine Svoboda
as Barkeeper
Amina Gusner
as Photographer
Stefan Kolosko
as Assistant
Joy Kraft
as Greta's Daughter
Bano Dost
as Neighbor
Junji Iljima
as [Uncredited]
Meikyoh Yamada
as Mochi the Policeman
Mansaku Ikeuchi
as Tomo the Younger Policeman
Mansaku Ikouchi
as [Uncredited]
Eri Yu
as Kazuko, Jailbird No. 1
Yuri Aso
as Shoko, Jailbird No. 2
Natsumi Mitzuno
as [Uncredited]
Natsumi Mizuno
as Narumi, Jailbird No. 3
Masatoshi Nagaso
as [Uncredited]
Masatoshi Nagase
as Hal's Assistant
Totsuya Tahata
as [Uncredited]
Meikyo Yamada
as [Uncredited]
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Critic Reviews for Flirt

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

It is more amusing to talk about than to experience.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Hartley's three-part anthology, a semi-academic treatise about the limits of narrativity, offers some minor rewards.

June 7, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Meanders from high wit to high numb and back again.

September 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Delicious three-course meal on the complications of romantic love.

August 21, 2002 | Full Review…

It calmly manages to pack in more complex emotions that most more histrionic films.

March 5, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flirt

Not my favourite Hal Hartley, but interesting.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Another Hal Hartley gem.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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