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School of Flesh (1998)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

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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

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Art House & International, Drama

Dec 7, 1999

Stratosphere Entertainment

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (5) | DVD (5)

An intelligent examination of sexuality and relationships.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Completely believable and emotionally true from beginning to end.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I can accept [Huppert's] obsession, but not her love, which makes the movie come off significantly different than it was probably intended.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

What goes for dialogue was totally forgettable, or regrettable, or whatever...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

a total misfire

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Audience Reviews for School of Flesh

[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]"School of Flesh" starts out with a wealthy fashion executive, Dominique(Isabelle Huppert) who wanders into a nightclub with a friend one night and meets a bisexual hustler(Vincent Martinez). She returns a couple of nights later and returns home with him. Now, I can understand why that would happen but why honestly continue the affair with somebody as shallow as he is, if it is only physical? Also, is this something that Dominique does on a weekly basis or is it part of a midlife crisis? I think, director Benoit Jacquot's conclusion might be something more negative, considering the movie's ending. This might be a statement on how a successful businesswoman cannot commit to a relationship. "School of Flesh" is a curiously flat movie about an affair that goes on too long.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=red]"Les Destinees" is an epic drama that starts in 1900 with a funeral(for the 19th century?) and continues until 1930. It focuses on a protestant minister, Jean Barnery(Charles Berling) who is in exile from his prosperous family of porcelain makers and his relationship with a young woman, Pauline(Emmanuelle Beart). At the start of the movie, Barnery is in the process of separating from his wife, due to an unspecified scandal. The movie tries to be a sprawling epic but we never learn much about any characters except for Jean and Pauline. All the other characters just seem extraneous and come and go as they please. But on the other hand, we did learn a great deal of how to make pottery and bourbon.[/color][/font]
February 20, 2005
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Walter M.

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Very cool and sexy within a complex relationship that screams with emotion.
September 20, 2012
John Ballantine

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