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The School of Flesh

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Benoit Jacquot directed this French drama about an older woman and a younger man, adapted from the novel by Yukio Mishima. When career woman Dominique Isabelle Huppert goes out to a nightclub one evening, her attraction to bartender Quentin Vincent Martinez is observed by cross-dressing Chris Vincent Lindon, who approaches her and supplies inside dope on Quentin, leaving her intrigued. Although Dominique and Quentin travel in radically different spheres of income, class, politics, and education, these barriers ...
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Overview

Benoit Jacquot directed this French drama about an older woman and a younger man, adapted from the novel by Yukio Mishima. When career woman Dominique Isabelle Huppert goes out to a nightclub one evening, her attraction to bartender Quentin Vincent Martinez is observed by cross-dressing Chris Vincent Lindon, who approaches her and supplies inside dope on Quentin, leaving her intrigued. Although Dominique and Quentin travel in radically different spheres of income, class, politics, and education, these barriers recede into the background as sexual passion overcomes the couple. Shown in competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
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This second filming of the Yukio Mishima story School of Flesh transports it to contemporary France, and director Benoit Jacquot makes excellent use of the change, exploring the unspoken boundaries of race, class, sexual orientation, and age that persist even among Parisians who congratulate themselves on their urbanity. As the protagonist, a successful career woman on the far end of youth, Isabelle Huppert radiates a self-assurance capable of being punctured only by an uncontrollable passion. This she finds in the form of a part-time hustler/bartender played by Vincente Martinez in an excellent first performance. Focusing intently on the relationship of his leads, Jacquot lets the story unfold more through small details than major developments, which arrive with such foreshadowing that they seem like inevitabilities; the question isn't whether or not Martinez and Huppert's relationship will crumble, but when and how. Jacquot not only makes this a matter of great interest but, with a subtlety that's becoming a trademark, ties it into their overall cultural milieu. Beautifully played, it's a film about how youth invariably turns into maturity or destroys itself, and one that also offers sharp commentary on its own time and place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • UPC: 043396040106
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert Dominique
Vincent Martinez Quentin
Vincent Lindon Chris
Marthe Keller Laurence Thorpe
François Berléand Soukaz
Daniele Dubroux Daniele
Bernard Le Coq David Cordier
Jean-Claude Dauphin Louis-Guy
Roxane Mesquida Marine Thorpe
Michelle Goddet Quentin's Mother
Jan-Michell Marcus
Technical Credits
Benoît Jacquot Director
Luc Barnier Editor
Caroline Champetier Cinematographer
Jacques Fieschi Screenwriter
Corinne Jorry-Horlait Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Claude Laureux Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Malle Associate Producer
Frederique Moidon Casting
Antoine Santana Asst. Director
Brigitte Taillandier Sound/Sound Designer
Fabienne Tsai Executive Producer
Fabienne Vonier Producer
Claude Waringo Associate Producer
Katia Wyszkop Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deliciously Forbidden

    ''L'Ecole de la Chair'' (School of Flesh), a candidly modern take on the search for intimacy, is the basis of a sensuous, sexy, and painfully passionate love affair between an older woman and a younger man. Dominique (Isabelle Huppert), an successful older woman, coined as the ''poor little rich girl,'' meets Quentin (Vincent Martinez), a young street hustler with a mysterious background. From the start, and in spite of herself, Dominique responds to Quentin's obvious signs of interest, and they strike up a ''deal'': an affair, with no strings attached. Watch as these two beautifully sad beings duel for control and fight to entrap one another. Do they have a chance at true love? I'll never tell! A subtle yet powerful movie, with characters you'll never forget. Quintessentially French in many ways, this is a fabulous dramatization of Yukio Mishima's Japanese novel (roughly translated as ''School of Love''), adapted to modern-day France. ''The School of Flesh'' will not be liked by everyone, of course, but if you're looking for a quiet, painstaking anatomy of the intricacies of heterosexual love, especially of the May-December variety (with roles reversed, unlike most recent Hollywood films), this is the movie for you. Buy it TODAY! This is a difficult DVD to locate.

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