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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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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

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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Performed by Georges Bodossian
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As only the French know how
16 May 1999 | by aw-6See all my reviews

There is something extraordinary about the two leads in this movie. Vincent Martinez was initially quite appalling to look at - scrawny, brooding with features more akin to a caricature! However, as the film progresses, one can sense a certain charisma and physical presence that he projects more and more palpably; yes, even from a man's perspective. But that's as far as it goes for him...

As for Isabelle, my! What an actress, what a woman! These French actress: Catherine Deneuve, Adjani, Beart - very few Hollywood actresses can be placed in the same league as them. This is my first time seeing Ms Huppert perform and I was really blown away. She brought so much contradicting sides to her character and she made them so believable. The character is strong in career and personality, yet vulnerable in her devotion to the above-mentioned man-animal. She is decisive and purposeful in life choices of career, marriage and the man-in-her-life yet defers constantly to the whims and fancies of him. You get the picture!

Anyway, with one single long shot of her face as betrayal, despair and sadness climax into a single track of tears - extraordinary! No self-pity, no cloying sentimentality; just plain sadness at the state of affair....At first glance, she did not appear extraordinarily beautiful. But as the film progresses, she looked increasingly radiant and one can't help but feel drawn to her.

One of the best film I've seen at this year's film festival where more is said through pregnant silences than confrontations and accusations a la Hollywood.


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