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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 ... 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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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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Te Fuiste De Mi Vera
Performed by Perla de Cadiz
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A delicate handling of potentially sordid relationships.
10 January 1999 | by Jim-249See 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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Country:

France | Luxembourg | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,021, 28 February 1999

Gross USA:

$402,668

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$402,668
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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