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Flirt (1995)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  7 August 1996 (USA)
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The same situation is played out in different cities (New York, Berlin and Tokyo). A lover has to choose whether to commit to a partner who is returning home. In each case there are other ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Austin ...
Men's Room Man #
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Men's Room Man # (as Robert Burke)
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Walter
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Nurse (as Erica Gimple)
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Michael
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Bartender
Lianna Pai ...
Woman at Phone Booth
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Men's Room Man # (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
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Emily
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Bill
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Woman at Bar
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Doctor Clint (as Karen Silos)
Hannah Sullivan ...
Trish
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Cab Driver (as Jose Zuniga)
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The same situation is played out in different cities (New York, Berlin and Tokyo). 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? Written by David Morgans <in2023@wlv.ac.uk>

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Three cities. Three couples. Three bullets. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$21,963 (USA) (9 August 1996)

Gross:

$76,875 (USA) (23 August 1996)
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Trivia

This started off as a 30 minute short which Hal Hartley shot in New York as he was preparing to make Amateur (1994). He was subsequently handed the money to expand his half hour featurette. See more »

Quotes

Bill: [indicates gun] What are you gonna do with that?
Walter: I'm gonna shoot myself.
Bill: [unloading gun] That's pretty stupid, Walter.
Walter: Yeah, I guess I oughta shoot Margaret, huh?
[Bill pockets the bullets and lays the gun back down.]
Bill: [pours a drink] No, you're not gonna shoot anybody.
Walter: Maybe I oughta shoot you.
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Review/Summary
4 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

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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