Flirting [DVD] (2003) DVD
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Thandie Newton and Noah Taylor, as beautifully directed by John Duigan, are the reasons this film is so good. She has a fearless integrity about her that overcomes the prejudices of her school mates. He is wise and brave at a hundred and twenty pounds. She too is ultra sophisticated. She even met Sartre. This is a story about the love between two outsiders who, with their strength of character win over not only their classmates, but the audience as well. Imagine teenagers as witty and poised as say Eartha Kitt and Gore Vidal, and you get a hint of how it's played.
Nicole Kidman as the snobby Nicola Radcliffe (the name says it all) manages a subtle supporting role with a diamond-in-the-rough kind of charm and just the right touch of on-screen growth. The scene where she shares her stash of vodka (or perhaps a clear fruit liquor) with Thandiwe Adjewa is beautifully turned by Director John Duigan. Also excellent is the hotel scene where the adults are revealed as intrusive in the extreme.Read more ›
I disagree somwhat however with some of my fellow reviewers. I think the ending is fantastic and hopeful, really a sweet goodbye kiss of an ending. Also the love scene (where they don't kiss) seems absolutely perfect. The only reason I think anyone could possibly think it is not just how these things happen has been seduced by the formulaic nature of sex scenes rubber stamped into existence by Hollywood. The, yes, the genius which it took to write that scene is harrowing. Knowing these characters, knowing the situation leading up to it, the scene is soft, and delightful. I am still floored that someone could capture a scene so true that you feel it must have happened to you, and it is one of several like that. Unlike one other reviewer, I think Flirting is much better at this then The Year My Voice Broke which was very good, but Taylor had not come into his own as a young actor yet. Also to the person who said teenagers are too immature for this, I disagree. Some of them? Sure, undoubtedly. But to those who love watching the rerun marathons of My So-Called Life on MTV this will come as a breath of fresh air, a sense of relief that Jason Katims isn't the only person in the world who can write teen dialogue. There is in fact someone much better, John Duigan.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Product arrived in good time and in good condition. Have yet to watch to ensure the DVD works properly, assuming it does very happyPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I know someone in this movie and that's why I bought it. But it's not my cup of tea!!! BUT THAT'S MY LIKES.... You should judge it yourself!!!Published 9 months ago by T. P.
Sweet, funny, intelligent coming-of-age story that is also a bi-racial romance. Nicole Kidman has a minor part but is on the cover for marketing purposes, I guess. Watch it anyway!Published 16 months ago by PetraQ
Thandie Newton in stockings and garter belt what else do you need! Hopefully Blu Ray comes soon.Published 19 months ago by Charles A. Crosby
Adjacent boys' and girls' boarding schools in 1960's Australia are exposed as lonely for those unwilling or unable to fit in. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by mr. contrarian
I saw this film in the theater when it was current and have loved returning to it over and over again. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Laura Peterson-Volz