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The School of Flesh

The School of Flesh

A Feature film by Benoit Jacquot

Produced by Pyramide Productions

Release in France : 18/11/1998

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Actors (20)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Pyramide Productions

Foreign production companies :

Samsa Film, Artémis Productions

French distribution :

Pyramide Distribution

Co-productions :

VM Productions, Arte France Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pyramide International

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In modern Paris, Dominique leads the life of a well-off single woman, with a natural elegance enhanced by the style that goes with her job in a leading fashion house. When she meets Quentin in a gay bar, the young man's beauty sets her reeling. The promise of love, hoped for but unexpected, runs riot in her life. She makes Quentin quit his job, provides for his needs and moves him in with her.


For reasons of convenience, I asked Jacques Fieschi to write the script of “The School of Flesh” for me, based on the novel by Mishima, about which I knew almost nothing. It’s a routine part of film-making, but I’d never done it that way before and I was naturally very excited. I knew I was going to dream, but I didn’t know what about. Nevertheless, it’s unquestionably an “auteur” film. For me, making a film is not mainly about writing the script. It’s in the nitty-gritty of the mise-en-scène that the film becomes somebody’s creation. (Benoît Jacquot in “Libération”, November 18th, 1998)

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Full credits (22)

Executive Producer :

Fabienne Vonier

Author of original work :

Yukio Mishima

Line Producer :

Zakaria Alaoui

Foreign producers :

Patrick Quinet, Claude Waringo, Arlette Zylberberg

Sound recordists :

Jean-Claude Laureux, Brigitte Taillandier

Production Manager :

Daniel Baschieri

Sound editors :

Jean-Claude Laureux, Nicolas Naegelen

Continuity supervisor :

Geneviève Dufour

Foley artist :

Pascal Chauvin

Costume designer :

Corinne Jorry

Sound mixers :

Jean-Pierre Laforce, Olivier Dô Hûu

Assistant directors :

Frédéric Fonteyne, Raphaël Frydman, Antoine Santana

Producers :

Vincent Malle, Fabienne Tsaï

Screenwriters :

Benoit Jacquot, Jacques Fieschi

Director of photography :

Caroline Champetier

Assistant Operators :

Léo Hinstin, Julien Hirsch

Editor :

Luc Barnier

Assistant editors :

Tina Baz Le Gal, Claude Broutin, Nadia Dalal

Production Designer :

Katia Wyszkop

Casting :

Stéphane Foenkinos, Frédérique Moidon

Make-up Artist :

Nathalie Tissier

Still Photographer :

Jérémie Nassif

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Feature film

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Coproducer countries :

Luxembourg, Belgium, France

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Majority French (Luxembourg, Belgium, France)

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1 h 45 min

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Dolby SRD

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (10)

French Film Festival in the Czech Republic - 1999

French Film Festival in the Czech Republic (Czech Republic, 1999)


Films selected

Istanbul Film Festival - 1999

Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 1999)


From Literature to the Silver Screen

Melbourne French Film Festival - 1999

Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)


Films selected

Sydney French Film Festival - 1999

Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)


Films selected

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1998

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1998)


Feature Films

Cannes International Film Festival - 1998

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1998)


Official Competition - Feature Films