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The School of Flesh (1998)

L'école de la chair (original title)
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:
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Dominique
Vincent Martinez ...
Quentin
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Chris
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Madame Thorpe
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Soukaz
Danièle Dubroux ...
L'amie de Dominique
Bernard Le Coq ...
Cordier
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Marine
Jean-Louis Richard ...
M. Thorpe
Jean-Claude Dauphin ...
Louis-Guy
Michelle Goddet ...
La mère de Quentin
Laurent Jumeaucourt ...
Le jeune plombier
Pierre Laroche ...
Robert
Richard Schroeder ...
Le photographe
Jan-Michell ...
Marcus
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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 <kevin@kraynakk.com>

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Lessons in Love, Sex and Betrayal

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Rated R for language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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26 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$401,786 (USA) (13 August 1999)
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Dominique: For the room.
Quentin: That's too much...
Dominique: The rest is for you.
Quentin: I don't want it.
Dominique: Why not?
Quentin: It was good for me too.
Dominique: No, take it.
Quentin: You don't get it...
Dominique: Let's say I'm buying your phone number...
Quentin: Deal.
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An intelligent movie, but probably not to everybody's taste
7 April 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

If there is one thing you can't blame the creators of this movie of, than it must be the fact that their movie is too sugar sweet. This is certainly not like any other romantic Hollywood movie that you may have seen in the past. This movie is actually a very good study of people and human nature in not so average but very recognizable situations.

"L'École de la Chair" or "The School of Flesh" could be the title of a cheap porn movie, but it certainly isn't. This is an intelligent movie about a mature fashion executive called Dominique who gets obsessed with Quentin, a bisexual male prostitute. He's a violent man who loves nobody but himself and yet she can't resist him. She is filled with passion, but hates the man at the same time because he always hurts her feelings and doesn't seem to love or care about her. What should she do? Should she show him the door or keep trying to get him out of the prostitution? Should she listen to her friends, colleagues, Quentin's former and current clients... who all try to help her, but sometimes do more harm than good?

Although I would like to say that everybody should watch this movie, I know for sure that not many will like it. This isn't the kind of movie that will easily reach a large audience. Nevertheless this is an interesting movie, but I guess it will be loved most by people who are used to watch this kind of movies or people who like the European cinema. Personally I liked what I saw and that's why I give it a 7.5/10.


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