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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 »

Director:

Benoît Jacquot

Writers:

Jacques Fieschi, Yukio Mishima (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Dominique
Vincent Martinez Vincent Martinez ... Quentin
Vincent Lindon ... Chris
Marthe Keller ... Madame Thorpe
François Berléand ... Soukaz
Danièle Dubroux Danièle Dubroux ... L'amie de Dominique
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Cordier
Roxane Mesquida ... Marine
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ... M. Thorpe
Jean-Claude Dauphin Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Louis-Guy
Michelle Goddet Michelle Goddet ... La mère de Quentin
Laurent Jumeaucourt Laurent Jumeaucourt ... Le jeune plombier
Pierre Laroche Pierre Laroche ... Robert
Richard Schroeder Richard Schroeder ... Le photographe
Jan-Michell Jan-Michell ... Marcus
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Lessons in Love, Sex and Betrayal

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

France | Luxembourg | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The School of Flesh See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,021, 28 February 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$401,786, 15 August 1999
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

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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One of the best
1 January 2001 | by raymond-15See 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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