L'école de la chair

  • 105'
  • France
  • 1998
Jacquot's 1998 adaptation of the little-known Yukio Mishima novel, about the passion of the middle-aged Dominique (Isabelle Huppert) for the beautiful young Quentin (Vincent Martinez), took a critical pummeling in France - the reasons why are difficult to fathom. The film is avowedly, and unashamedly, a star vehicle for Huppert (if you don't respond to her and her quietly aggressive self-assertion, you won't respond to the film), not unlike a late 1940s Joan Crawford vehicle like Preminger's Daisy Kenyon. While it may not be the most ambitious of Jacquot's late works and its version of Paris may be a little on the anachronistic side, it's impossible to dismiss the emotional and visual precision of the filmmaking, or the virtual melding of minds between Jacquot and his star. 'An elegant account of mad love and cool vengeance... the movie is shot from Dominique's perspective - or, rather, from Jacquot's own fascination with her point of view', according to critic Jim Hoberman. (KJ)
Director
Benoît Jacquot
Country of production
France
Production Year
1998
Festival Edition
IFFR 2005
Length
105'
Medium
35mm
International title
The School of Flesh
Language
French
Producer
Orsans Productions
Sales
Pyramide International
Screenplay
Jacques Fieschi, Yukio Mishima
Cinematography
Caroline Champetier
Editor
Luc Barnier
Cast
Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Martinez, Vincent Lindon, Marthe Keller, François Berléand, Danièle Dubroux, Roxane Mesquida
Website
http://www.flach-pyramide.com