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The School of Flesh (1998)
"L'école de la chair" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  26 February 1999 (USA)
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Fashion executive Dominique's obsession for Quentin, a young bisexual hustler, fills her desire for physical love but leaves her taxed emotionally. Twists and turns in the relationship, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Martinez ...
Madame Thorpe
Danièle Dubroux ...
L'amie de Dominique
Bernard Le Coq ...
Jean-Louis Richard ...
M. Thorpe
Jean-Claude Dauphin ...
Michelle Goddet ...
La mère de Quentin
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Le jeune plombier
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Richard Schroeder ...
Le photographe
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Fashion executive Dominique's obsession for Quentin, a young bisexual hustler, fills her desire for physical love but leaves her taxed emotionally. Twists and turns in the relationship, along with the man's violent and abusive nature, force Dominique to reconcile the conflicts created by her passion. In this quest, Dominique is aided [and sometimes hindered] by friends, clients, and Quentin's former and current acquaintances. Written by kevin kraynak <>

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Rated R for language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The School of Flesh  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$43,021 (USA) (26 February 1999)


$401,786 (USA) (13 August 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Quentin: You can still see me.
Dominique: But you're getting married.
Quentin: I'm going to be a husband, not a monk.
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Remake of Nikutai no gakko (1965) See more »


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One of the best
1 January 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is near the top of my list for best films out of France. It is a superb production. The scenes between Dominique (Isabelle Huppert) and Quentin (Vincent Martinez) are completely convincing with natural conversation and sensitive mood changes. While the disparity of ages between lovers is not a new theme, it has never been handled more expertly than here where the older woman wants to "possess" the young call-boy but he is determined to remain a free spirit. What is so arresting in this story is that we know so little about the characters and their past. But information is gleaned bit by bit from their conversations, and never very much, so we hunger for more as the story unfolds. The dewy-eyed Isabelle Huppert in the final scenes reveals her talent as a fine actress. A wonderful piece of cinema that holds you to the end...and what an ending when the two characters realize that their dream has ended and they now face the harsh realities of life.

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