AOF's honors of Best ASEAN Feature Film for Malaysian
Video Awards 2005. In Competition for Jeonju International Film
Festival 2006 and Official Selection for Singapore International
Film Festival 2006.
Director: Kan Lume
Starring: Marilyn Lee, Leonard Yeo
RunTime: 1 hr 20 mins
Released By: -
Opening Day: SIFF 24th April 06, 1 screening
at 1900hrs, National Museum
Commercial Release - TBA
Shot in intense close-ups, the film chronicles two weeks of
love and lust that climaxes in painful irony. Flawless acting
and dialogue portray a brutal study of intimacy and ultimately
asks the question: on what basis can men and women, natural
antagonists, expect to sustain love?
There are movies which are just sheer entertainment, and there
are those which, after the end credits roll and the lights
come on, have such a resonance within yourself, that you just
have to reach out and discuss it with somebody. Singapore
director Kan Lume's award winning debut feature length film,
The Art of Flirting, is one such movie. One that doesn't border
on mass commercialism or being too art-house, but having that
right X-factor element in being truly
title teases you with a suggestion that the clueless and dateless
could employ some of the tips and tricks seen in the movie.
No, not explicitly like what Hitch does, but it's done very
subtly. Observe the body language, listen in to the conversations.
Study the back-channel communication employed by the characters
in the movie, as this will prove to be rewarding as the movie
progresses, especially by the time the finale rolls in.
(played by WKRZ Radio's Marilyn Lee) is the typical beautiful
girl. Past relationships which
failed could probably have contributed to her walled up defences
to her heart, that always wary feeling. Leo (played by Leonard
Yeo) is the typical cool dude, a success story of a national
sports-turned-businessman. By virtue of work, Lynn meets Leo
with the latter being her interviewee for a magazine, and
before you know it, the sexual tension between the two gets
charged through conscious, or subconscious, flirting. Let
the games begin!
only two lead roles in a movie so anchored in dialogue, is
a challenge that The Art of Flirting pulls off so brilliantly.
Not for a minute when the characters interact will you feel
bored. The reason is simple - that what they talk about and
do, are what people who have experienced relationships would
have talked about and done. The raking up of courage to set
a date, the expressions of deep thoughts, the finding of opportunity
for physical touch. You follow the
narrative, have expectations set up, and those expectations
will get challenged. It will evoke an
emotional response from within you, as the movie involves
you at a voyeuristic level that most of us are prone to, when
hearing about, or witnessing a couple in love. Always wanting
to find out the hows, and always wanting to find out the whys.
Marilyn and Leonard were convincing in their roles. And being
a dialogue-driven movie, it hinged a fair bit on the quality
of the voices, that it doesn't irritate. And of course it
naturally helped given that Marilyn's a professional radio
jockey, and Leonard having a voice that compliments hers.
Their chemistry is amazing, and their moments together comes
naturally, you'd think that you're actually watching the two
fall for each other.
into a compact 80 minutes, The Art of Flirting qualifies to
be a gem in the local movie scene, not only because it dared
to be different (the thought that someone here would actually
make a "talky" movie), but more importantly, it's
the accessibility that you can identify with on such a personal,
intimate level that no other local film has yet to achieve.
(Superbly engaging right up to its final scene, The Art of
Flirting will call for an emotional response from you!)
by Stefan Shih
to learn more about the trailblazing creative force behind
the movie, director Kan Lume. Read about his ideas, thoughts
Art of Flirting will be screened at the 19th Singapore International
Film Festival on Monday 24th April 06 1900hrs at the National
Museum Gallery Theatre (The National Museum will only officially
open its doors in December, so this movie gets the honour
of being its first screening).
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