Flirting (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  14 November 1992 (USA)
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Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop of bullying and sadistic teachers Danny strikes up an affair with an African girl, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bartholomew Rose ...
'Gilby' Fryer
Felix Nobis ...
Jock Blair
Josh Picker ...
'Backa' Bourke
Kiri Paramore ...
'Slag' Green
Christopher Laidlaw (as Marc Gray)
Gregg Palmer ...
Colin Proudfoot
Joshua Marshall ...
'Cheddar' Fedderson
David Wieland ...
'Possum' Piper
Craig Black ...
'Pup' Pierdon
Greg Gilmore (as Leslie Hill)
Mr. Morris Cutts
Mr. Rupert Elloitt


Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop of bullying and sadistic teachers Danny strikes up an affair with an African girl, Thandiwe, studying at a nearby girl's school. Their affair blossoms while everyone tries to stop it. Nicole Kidman also appears as a sexually repressed senior at Thandiwe's school. Written by Matthew Stanfield <>

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Rated R for scenes of teen sexuality | See all certifications »

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14 November 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Idade das Emoções  »

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$2,415,396 (USA)

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In 2011, Thandie Newton told InStyle Magazine that during the filming of this movie, its director, John Duigan, coerced her into starting a sexual relationship with him, despite the fact that she was 16 and he was 39. She clarified in the interview that the relationship was not strictly illegal, since she was above the age of consent in Australia, but that it left her feeling "self-destructive" and not "in control of the situation," and she had to have therapy later to come to terms with its ramifications. See more »


Melissa Miles: Good game.
Danny Embling: Yeah. Three badly injured so far.
Melissa Miles: You don't sound very patriotic.
Danny Embling: No, I'm not. I'm here for anthropological reasons.
Melissa Miles: Huh?
Danny Embling: Football. It's a form of mating ritual. That's why you're here, isn't it?
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Follows The Year My Voice Broke (1987) See more »


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Written by Duke Ellington (as Ellington) / Irving Mills (as Mills) (Belwin Mills Music/Leosong)
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Coming of Age Film - one of best ever made
1 March 2006 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

Intelligently written piece that combines sub-genres of Coming of Age and inter-racial films.

The plot is fairly straightforward and the message of the film is not deep. Nevertheless, it is an original film which is simply and cheaply made.

The first strength of the film lies in the exquisite performances from great cast of the then unknown actors, 3 of whom have gone on to great performances in many other films (Taylor, Newton and Kidman).

Secondly (assuming you are over 14 years old), the audience will have a strong feeling of resonation with the subject matter (growing up, alienation the school "norm", being allowed to behave differently etc). The fact that the film is by a British director about an Australian boarding school probably means that the film has a wider appeal to all anglo-saxon nations.

Finally, the humour is understated but engaging.

I loved this film on release. It has not lost any of its charm since, though you are slightly distracted by seeing well-known actors in their youth.

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