The School Of Flesh (L’Ecole De La Chair) (1998)

BENOIT JACQUOT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

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, .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  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 () 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.

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