Movie Recommendation- Flirting
John Duigan’s Flirting is a sequel, technically. That doesn’t mean you have to have seen its predecessor, The Year My Voice Broke, to enjoy it. The connection between the two is that Noah Taylor plays the same character, named Danny Embling, now a few years older and attending a remote boarding school in rural Australia. There he meets Thandiwe (a young and marvelous Thandie Newton), a new student at the neighboring girls’ school who is British-born to Ugandan and Kenyan parents, academics and activists. The film takes place over the course of the school year, tracking the relationship between these two outsiders. Duigan overtly takes on a number of political and social issues regarding Australia, the 1960’s, race and sex. Yet what make the film so enjoyable – what make it the kind of film you’ll return to again and again – are the personal elements. It’s an exhilarating, heartbreaking coming-of-age romance that will make you remember what it’s like to be a teenager, in both good and bad ways. That plus the chance to see great early performances from Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts make this a must-see.