Plot & Details
A lover, an ultimatum, a phone call, and a gun: these elements are found in each segment of Hal Hartley's Flirt, an experimental comedy-drama that essentially repeats the same story three times. But while the basic narrative remains the same -- a congenital flirt must decide whether or not to commit to a current lover, who otherwise will marry someone else -- the details differ greatly, from the location of the film to the gender of the participants. The initial segment, set in New York, tells the tale with a male flirt in turmoil over his relationship with a woman. The film then moves to Berlin, where the same drama is played out amongst a gay male couple, with an added touch of self-reflexive humor. The third and final episode takes place in Tokyo, with a female flirt and a more abstract cinematic approach, including several sequences in traditional Japanese pantomime.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Foreign
- Run Time: 84min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 08/06/1996
- Distributor(s): Artificial Eye Film Productions, Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, NDF-Nippon Development & Finance, Pandora Film, True Fiction Pictures
- Director(s): Hal Hartley
- Starring: Bill Sage , Parker Posey , Martin Donovan , Dwight Ewell , Dominik Bender
- Themes: Romantic Betrayal,Infidelity,Love Triangles
- Tone: Irreverent,Literate,Reflective,Humorous,Matter-of-Fact,Understated,Deadpan,Talky,Stylish,Quirky,Stylized,Wry
- Keywords: flirtation, gun, lover, telephone, ultimatum
- Language: English