March 08, 1999 12:00 PM

Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Martinez

One night a Parisian fashion designer (Huppert) ducks into a bar for a drink. She and the bartender (Martinez), though he’s some 20 years her junior, make eye contact. Soon the two are engaged in that power struggle also known as love. She has money and status; he has youth. Both enter the relationship with eyes wide open, but Huppert’s remain that way in The School of Flesh, a romantically elegiac French film (with English subtitles) by director Benoit Jacquot. (No rating)

Bottom Line: Love Parisian-style

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