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The School of Flesh

Isabelle Huppert stars in this dreadful French anti-romance as a glassy-eyed, lonely fashion exec who exchanges dreamy stares with a young, callous, hunky boxer (Vincent Martinez) and then falls inexplicably in love with him. Despite their having no rapport, no communication, and his bad habit of indifferent gay whoring, she continues to pursue his unavailable affections. Naturally, things don't work out, but who cares? This is one of those movies that's more about actors flashing moody glances than the unfolding of any comprehensible emotional drama or even plausible character development. It's a dreadful bore, and not nearly sexy enough to warrant its provocative title. What do we learn in the School of Flesh? That director Benoit Jacquot is a pointless hack. Based on a novel by remote Japanese author Yukio Mishima. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and French 2.0 Dolby Surround with English subtitles. Trailer, keep-case.

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