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Hal Hartley's FLIRT spans three continents, three languages, three races, two sexual orientations and an infinitely comic variety of misunderstandings. The film begins in New York City with the story of Bill (Bill Sage), whose girlfriend (Parker Posey) gives him an ultimatum a few hours before leaving for a trip to Paris: make a commitment or end the relationship. FLIRT then proceeds to tell a variation of the same basic story two more times: in Berlin, where the central character is Dwight (Dwight Ewell), a young black American unable to settle down with his boyfriend, Johan, an older German art dealer; and in Tokyo, where a dance student named Miho (Miho Nikaido) is torn between her teacher/choreographer, Mr. Ozu (Toshizo Fujiwara) and her boyfriend, an American filmmaker. The fun of FLIRT is in discovering the subtle alterations of character, setting, tone, and cinematic style as the film's three parts gradually unfold. FLIRT is engaging and comic, a highly original film that never takes itself too seriously. Artfully photographed by Mike Spiller (Henry Fool) and featuring cameo appearances by Hartley veterans Martin Donovan, Karen Sillas, Elina L”wensohn and Robert John Burke.

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  • Actors: Bill Sage, Parker Posey, Martin Donovan, Michael Imperioli, Robert John Burke
  • Directors: Hal Hartley
  • Writers: Hal Hartley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BJFTSTY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Heilman on September 20, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Hal Hartley appears to be an acquired taste... I have only seen 3 of his films so far (this, the flat-out brilliant Trust, and the okay Henry Fool) but he's clearly one of the most underappreciated American directors working today. I think the delivery of his dialogue is what kills it for most people. It's very deliberate and generally not filled with an overkill of emotion. I find this approach allows me to listen to what the characters are actually saying (as opposed to just how they're saying it). That Hartley's one of the few screenwriters with something to actually say really seals the deal.
I don't want to suggest Flirt lacks emotion though. It manages to pack in more complex emotions that most more histrionic films. In one scene, a man threatens another with a gun, reconciles with him, embraces him, has a change of heart, and shoots him. A woman who witnesses this, hearing some music that begins to play, begins to dance, caught in the moment, slips to the ground, and gets up regaining her sense of reality. This sounds absurdist, and it plays that way in the film. Still, it manages to convey a great deal of human emotions in about a minute without a false note. Hartley is a master at achieving a desired effect.
Flirt is somewhat experimental in that it replays the same narrative with nearly the same dialogue in three different countries with three different casts. This never felt boring to me, as the intention of some of the lines and the overall outcome of the situation changes each time. What's interesting is that the plot of the episodes is that the character has 90 minutes to make up their mind about whether their relationship has a future. Not coincidentally, the film is 90 minutes long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
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This film is built from a device Hal Hartley used in his early films: looped repeating conversations/actions. I have always been delighted by these moments- especially the clinic conversation in "Trust." Here we see the same storyline played out three times in three different locations by three different casts to varying conclusions. Several of the Hartley regulars are present which is always a plus and Hal himself makes an appearance. This is a lighter film than "Amateur", more of a throwback to his early work. If you loved "Simple Men" and "The Unbelievable Truth" this is the film for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1999
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I went to see this film at a cinema festival one thursday evening in 1997. I returned the next day, same theatre, same movie, same time. By the end of the second viewing I was still taken aback.
Flirt is filled with hazy tenderness. As in "Trust" or "Surviving Desire", Flirt is filled with Hartley's staple meaning-of-life questions, making the film a delicate three ring circus: NY, Berlin, Tokyo. The setting may change, but the questions are the same. Like most of Hartley's work, Flirt didn't get much mainstream attention. I find that rather adequate
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shirley A Flint on November 28, 2000
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FLIRT is not your typical romantic movie of the 90's (when it was filmed). But that's what makes it so great. If you are tired of the "boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back" scenario, then you'll like FLIRT. If not, go rent SHE'S ALL THAT with pretty boy Freddie Prinze, Jr. And spare me the details, please.
I would also suggest that when viewing this film, you not concentrate on the fact that many of the lines are repeated from one setting to the next (and there are a startling number of lines repeated). But rather look for the more subtle differences and similarities.
If you are a person who views things with greater depth than "black and white", I think you will enjoy this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrbillny on November 8, 2011
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Repeative. Heard mixed reviews and decided to give it a chance. Liked the different variations on the theme in difference cultures. Felt likie a Woody Allen work but not sure if it was worth the time spent in the end. Worth a viewing to form your own opinion.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marc A. Coignard on October 1, 1999
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I can't belive how many people down right hated this movie. I thought it was as creative as most Hal Hartley films, and pulled off with a great style and flair to it. If you think you should go see this simply becaue Paker Posey's in it, don't waste your time. She has a very small part in the beginning, but then she slips into obscurity. The first two stories, in New York and in Berlin, are very entertaining. The Tokyo one bored me though. (Even though all three are essentially the same story, but then thats what makes this such an incredibly creative movie!) This one is gonna appeal mostly to the indie, artsy fartsy tyes. Proceed with caution.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J Borondy on January 10, 2000
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Hal Hartley is way ahead of his time. This is not his best film, but it's definitely worth watching. I first saw an excerpt in a sociology/religion class which hooked me: advice on love and commitment in a bathroom. This film takes chances, and some of them aren't that entertaining, but overall it's not as bad as elsewhere reviewed on this site.
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In this film Hal Hartley tells basically the same story three times over: once in N.Y., once in Berlin, and once in Tokyo. THere are variations in each telling but you might get bored. Part of the third version is done Noh style and I wish Hartley hard done the whole third version that way. That is by far my favorite prt of the film. It is pretty riviting. Hartley is more interested in meta fiction though. we leave the Noh to focus on the actors lives and in places leave the film to focus on the film making. Well if you liked how Borges did this like 70 years ago you might like it in this film too but I think it is a rather tired concept. SO... I just relish the film for its style and visuals.
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