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Flirt (1995)

New York, Berlin, Tokyo

Original Title : Flirt
Director : Hal, Hartley
Writer : Hal Hartley
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English, German, Japanese
Producer : Jerome Brownstein , Reinhard Brundig , Martin Hagemann , Ted Hope , Carleen L. Hsu , Satoru Iseki , Hisami Kuroiwa
Music : Hal Hartley
Jeffrey Taylor
Photography : Michael Spiller
Distributor : Diaphana Distribution
MPAA Rating : Rated R
IMDB ID : 0113080
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poster for "Flirt" by Hal, Hartley (1995)
Flirt (1995) - Hal, Hartley
 

Starring

Paul Austin Man
Robert John Burke Man
Martin Donovan Walter
Erica Gimpel Nurse
Michael Imperioli Michael
Holt McCallany Bartender
Lianna Pai Woman at Phone Booth
Harold Perrineau Jr. Man
Parker Posey Emily
Bill Sage Bill
Patricia Scanlon Doctor Clint
Hannah Sullivan Trish
José Zúñiga Driver
Boris Aljinovic Johann
Susie Bick Dwight
Peter Fitz The Doctor
Amina Gusner Greta
Elina Löwensohn Nurse
Hasan Ali Mete Girl in Phone Booth
Gerhard Severin Ozu
Chikako Hara Yuki
Junji Iijima Naomi
Yutaka Matsushige Miho
Tetsuya Tabata 
Meikyo Yamada 
Kenji Yamaguchi 
Tetsushi Yamazaki 
Eri Yu 
Hal Hartley Hal
 

Plot

The same situation is played out in different cities (New York, Berlin and Japan). A lover has to choose whether to commit to a partner who is returning home. In each case there are other people involved, an ex-partner and someone else in a "permanent" relationship, what do they choose to do ?
 

Comments

One short film script repeated three times in three different cities in the United States, Europe and Japan. The dialogue is identical in each, the plot plays out the violent and alienating repercussions of chronic flirtation and self-destructive covetousness. The subtle differences in each scenario are due (theoretically) to the changes in setting, sexual orientation and cultural backdrop. If you're a Hal Hartley fan you'll probably enjoy this film to some extent, if you're not then you may be easily put off by the repetition of what could be seen as stiff artsy banter. The dialogue is clever, sharp, witty - characteristically quirky Hal Hartley writing. But the first scenario, set in New York and involving Martin Donovan, Parker Posey and that other favorite Hal Hartley actor from Simple Men (Bill something), is easily the best of the three and the high point of the film. There's some really nice editing in this film, for those who have an interest in technical considerations.
 
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Flirt (1995) - Hal, Hartley
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