Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: L’Ecole De La Chair
France/Luxembourg/Belgium, 1998. Orsans Productions, V.M. Productions, La Sept Cinéma, Les Films du Camélia, Artémis Productions, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, Samsa Film, Canal+, Studio Image 4, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Fonds National de Soutien à la Production Audiovisuelle du Luxembourg, Procirep, Eurimages. Screenplay by Jacques Fieschi, based on the novel by Yukio Mishima. Cinematography by Caroline Champetier. Produced by Fabienne Vonier. Music by Clement Souchier. Production Design by Katia Wyszkop. Costume Design by Corinne Jorry. Film Editing by Luc Barnier. Cannes Film Festival 1998. Toronto International Film Festival 1998.
Isabelle Huppert is fascinating in this character study by Benoit Jacquot. She plays a successful business woman who takes a bisexual hustler (Vincent Martinez) home one night and is unable to let him leave. Growing obsessed over owning him, Huppert threatens to ruin her whole personal and professional life over this young man, despite warnings from both his and her friends. Soon a younger woman catches the boy’s fancy and he contemplates a gigolo-free life of normality with a pretty wife and son. Jacquot has adapted a Japanese novel and given its ending a French spin.