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Flirt is an exploration of love and choices through three parallel stories in the cities of New York, Berlin and Tokyo, with different outcomes. Director Hal Hartley places different characters in love triangles and follows them as the conflict erupts when one of the partners seeks a new commitment. Mixing comic moments with dramatic circumstances, the film also reflects the cultural differences between these countries by shifting the storytelling style while using the same dialogue in each tale.

In Manhattan, Emily (Parker Posey) is cheating on her boyfriend Walter (Hal Hartley) with Bill (Bill Sage). Disgusted with herself for cheating, Emily asks Bill to make a commitment to her, as she is finally ready to leave Walter. Bill, on the other hand, likes the relationship as it is. He asks for 90 minutes to make a decision and then uses the time to pursue another woman, the wife of his close friend.

In Berlin, the same scenario plays out with Dwight (Dwight Ewell), an American expatriate, who wants his lover Werner (Jacob Klaffke) to leave his wife Greta (Geno Lechner). Dwight threatens to return to the United States if Werner cannot make a deeper commitment. Like Bill, Werner needs some time to consider his options. In Tokyo, another love triangle reaches a breaking point when a mistress, Miho (Miho Nikaido), involved with Mr. Ozu (Toshizo Fujiwara) and she wants him to leave his wife, Yuki (Chikako Hara).

In each of the stories, the third member of the triangle soon discovers the existence of an outside relationship. Then, a gun is introduced into the mix and a shooting occurs, with a dramatic conclusion at a hospital. The film examines cultural and gender differences in romantic relationships, by placing a love triangle in three very different cultures and three very different types of relationships.

| 1995 | 1 hr 25 min | 6.3/10 | 46/100
Paul Austin, Robert John Burke, Martin Donovan, Erica Gimpel
Hal Hartley
Produced By
Ted Hope

Also starring Robert John Burke

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