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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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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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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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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)

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$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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A delicate handling of potentially sordid relationships.
10 January 1999 | by (Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

"Middle-aged divorcee picks up barman in gay bar" isn't a promising plot-line; the title's soft-porn suggestion is also off-putting. But in fact it's a delicate and attractive handling of what could have been sordid relationships. The key word, I suppose, is "tender"; we are frequently led to expect violence (the barman Quentin is a kick-boxer - we watch him attacking a punchbag during the title sequence) but are instead surprised by reasonableness and gentleness. The few nude scenes manage to be erotic without ever being vulgar. Relationships are weird, the film (and Mishima's novel) seems to say, but there can still be tenderness in life. Isabelle Huppert exudes French charm . . .


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