Gemma Bovery

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Gemma Bovery

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Plot
Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only ... See full summary »

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 6.4/10 (1,653 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Anne Fontaine

Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng

Storyline
Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behavior also seems to be inspired by Flaubert's heroes.

Writers: Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine

Cast:
Fabrice Luchini - Martin Joubert
Gemma Arterton - Gemma Bovery
Jason Flemyng - Charlie Bovery
Isabelle Candelier - Valérie Joubert
Niels Schneider - Hervé de Bressigny
Mel Raido - Patrick
Elsa Zylberstein - Wizzy
Pip Torrens - Rankin
Kacey Mottet Klein - Julien Joubert
Edith Scob - Madame de Bressigny
Philippe Uchan - Docteur Rivière
Pascale Arbillot - La nouvelle voisine
Marie-Bénédicte Roy - Mme Rivière
Christian Sinniger - Producteur de calva 1
Pierre Alloggia - Producteur de calva 2



Details

Official Website: Official site [Hungary]

Country: France

Language: French, English

Release Date: 10 September 2014

Filming Locations: Normandy, France

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Trivia:
While Valerie and Martin lie in bed arguing about the banality of Madame Bovary, Valerie is reading a biography of Francois Mauriac. Mauriacs most famous novel Thérèse Desqueyroux also deals with a bored, unhappy woman in the back province, but this one attempts to poison her husband with arsenic. See more »



User Review

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Rating: 8/10

GEMMA BOVERY is essentially a paean to the hotness of Gemma Arteton and to classic French literature. The plot sees the ordered village life of a former publisher, who semi-retired to became a baker in Normandy due to his love of Flaubert's "Madame Bovery" which is set there, turned upside down by the arrival of an English couple. She is beautiful and bored and her surname is Bovery. Soon her life begins to mirror the novel, as she seeks out affairs to deal with her ennui. Worried by this - because he knows the book ends with her suicide - the baker/publisher begins to try and discreetly guide her, with mixed results. Only the French could make something as insubstantial as this - and then make it work. Although billed as a comedy-drama, it's neither very funny nor entirely dramatically successful, but it sustains itself with a low- key middle class charm. Village life is gorgeously portrayed and most importantly the film succeeds in making you care about what is essentially a silly woman making bad decisions; like many French films it's all about the gloriousness of women, which Arteton more than lives up to. A small charmer.





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