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Gemma Bovery

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2014
  • Anne Fontaine
  • 95 mins
  • 15

Summary

An Englishwoman goes to live in the French village that was the setting for Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary. As her marriage begins to fall apart, she begins to see parallels between herself and the book's heroine, and finds herself at a crossroads in her life when an old flame reappears. Comedy drama based on the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, starring Gemma Arterton and Fabrice Luchini.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This handsome tragicomedy introduces Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) on the arm of her new husband (Jason Flemyng), having relocated from London to a small village in Normandy. Their neighbour is Martin (Fabrice Luchini), a middle-aged baker who realises that - in addition to her name - Gemma shares a number of similarities with Madame Bovary, the heroine of the classic Flaubert novel. He is drawn to Gemma, but at the same time he is overly concerned with her daily exploits, growing more fearful that she might suffer the same tragic fate as her fictional counterpart. As Gemma embarks on an extramarital liaison, director Anne Fontaine (Coco avant Chanel) orchestrates a handful of sensual sequences, making excellent use of Arterton and her curves. The British actress is as good as she's ever been, delivering a strong performance in the title role, while Luchini offers some terrific facial expressions as Gemma's fretful stalker. While the events aren't particularly funny or dramatic, the characters are engaging.

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Credits

Cast

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Gemma BoveryGemma Arterton
Martin JoubertFabrice Luchini
Charlie BoveryJason Flemyng
Hervé De BressignyNiels Schneider
ValérieIsabelle Candelier
PatrickMel Raido
JulienKacey Mottet Klein
WizzyElsa Zylberstein
Madame De BressignyEdith Scob

Crew

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DirectorAnne Fontaine

Details

Theatrical distributor
Soda Pictures
Released on
2015-08-21
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, brief nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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