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  • Summary: A divorcee picks up the bartender at a gay bar, and the two discover conflicted passion in each other's arms.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A handsome work of authoritative yet understated style, responsive to mood, subtleties and nuance in exploring its especially well-drawn and intelligent lovers.
  2. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    90
    A skillful blend of fire and ice that subtly conveys the emotional extremes fraught in the relationship.
  3. Once again, as love dies and illusions crumble, this natural actress (Isabelle Huppert) shines with human fire. [26 March 1999, Friday, p.B]
  4. This is a great film for those who share the disabused French view of grownup life, but more particularly for those who want to see one of the great actresses of her generation at the height of her powers.
  5. 70
    Predicated as it is on Huppert's pensive, provocative blankness, the action moves a bit slowly, although, as is often the case with Jacquot, events make more sense after the movie is over.
  6. Watching this handsomely filmed, deftly edited but rather dry movie, you keep imagining the juice that a director like Pedro Almodovar could have squeezed out of the same story.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    50
    Unfortunately, contrary to the provocative title, the results are not terribly interesting. While the acting is excellent and the filmmaking exquisite, The School Of Flesh itself is yet another dry example of l'amour fou.

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