Flirt (1995)

Genres - Comedy Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Urban Comedy, Sophisticated Comedy, Comedy of Manners  |   Release Date - Aug 7, 1996 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - Germany, Japan, USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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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.

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flirtation, gun, lover, telephone, ultimatum