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Gemma Bovery

Gemma Bovery

“A deeply charming and affecting reverie.”

Film Journal International

Gemma Bovery

About the Film

In this vibrant seriocomic re-imagining of Flaubert’s literary classic Madame Bovary, life imitates art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her furniture restorer husband Charles (Jason Flemyng) move to a charming ramshackle old farmhouse in the very same Norman village where the novel was written a century earlier.  Their welcoming neighbor, local baker and Flaubert expert Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini), becomes entranced with Gemma and sets out to be her guide and mentor to her new surroundings. It doesn't take long before he is drawing parallels between the literary and real life woman, while he insinuates himself into her life.

As reality sets in on the fantasy of rural French domesticity, the Boverys' marriage begins to fray and Gemma finds herself at loose ends. She soon catches the eye of a handsome young playboy and when her  magnetic ex suddenly reappears, she finds herself at a crossroads and seems to be fulfilling Joubert's worst fears that her destiny is linked to that of Flaubert’s doomed heroine.  Director Anne Fontaine's (COCO BEFORE CHANEL) clever adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel Gemma Bovery is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary and a heady celebration of French provincial life.

Director: Anne Fontaine

Reactions

“An ideal romantic film!” - Elle.com

“A breezy and enjoyable update of the classic novel.” - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“An engagingly lush Gallic romantic-drama.” - Mark Adams, Screen International

“Rich with observational and satirical contemporary details.” - Nathalie Atkinson, Globe and Mail

Cast & Crew

Cast

Martin Joubert: Fabrice Luchini
Gemma Bovery: Gemma Arterton
Charlie Bovery: Jason Flemyng
Valérie Joubert: Isabelle Candelier
Hervé de Bressigny: Niels Schneider
Patrick: Mel Raido
Wizzy: Elsa Zylberstein
Rankin: Pip Torrens

Crew

Director: Anne Fontaine
Screenplay:
Anne Fontaine, Pascal Bonitzer
Novel:
 Posy Simmonds
Producers: Philippe Carcassonne, Matthieu Tarot
Co-Producers: Francis Boespflug, Julien Deris, Sidonie Dumas, Franck Elbase, David Gauquie, Nicolas Lesage, Etienne Mallet
Cinematography: Christophe Beaucarne
Editor: Annette Dutertre
Music: Bruno Coulais


Technical Info

Production Year: 2014
Countries of Production: France
Languages: English, French
Running Time: 1h 39m
Screen Ratio: 2.35:1
Rating: R

Theaters

New York
New York
5/29/15
New York
New York
5/29/15
Los Angeles
California
5/29/15
Pasadena
California
5/29/15
Encino
California
5/29/15
Long Beach
California
6/5/15
Santa Barbara
California
6/5/15
Santa Ana
California
6/5/15
Irvine
California
6/5/15
Kansas City
Missouri
6/12/15
Sarasota
Florida
6/12/15
Raleigh
North Carolina
6/12/15
Bonita Springs
Florida
6/12/15
Durham
North Carolina
6/12/15
New City
New York
6/12/15
Malverne
New York
6/12/15
Roslyn
New York
6/12/15
Kew Gardens
New York
6/12/15
Norwalk
Connecticut
6/12/15
Miami
Florida
6/12/15
Montclair
New Jersey
6/12/15
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
6/12/15
Huntington
New York
6/12/15
Las Vegas
Nevada
6/12/15
Miami
Florida
6/12/15
Boca Raton
Florida
6/12/15
Lake Worth
Florida
6/12/15
Naples
Florida
6/12/15
Coconut Creek
Florida
6/12/15
Modesto
California
6/19/15
Portsmouth
New Hampshire
6/19/15
Ashland
Oregon
6/19/15
6/19/15
Coral Gables
Florida
6/19/15
Orlando
Florida
6/19/15
Berkeley
California
6/19/15
San Jose
California
6/26/15
Palm Desert
California
6/26/15
Atlanta
Georgia
6/26/15
Bethel
Connecticut
6/26/15
San Francisco
California
6/26/15
Dallas
Texas
6/26/15
Plano
Texas
6/26/15
Montgomery
Alabama
6/26/15
Colorado Springs
Colorado
6/26/15
Sedona
Arizona
6/26/15
Scottsdale
Arizona
7/3/15
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
7/3/15
Omaha
Nebraska
7/3/15
Ithaca
New York
7/3/15
Williamsville
New York
7/3/15
Cleveland Heights
Ohio
7/3/15
Buffalo
New York
7/3/15
Indianapolis
Indiana
7/3/15
Tacoma
Washington
7/10/15
Camas
Washington
7/10/15
Portland
Oregon
7/10/15
Athens
Ohio
7/10/15
Frontenac
Missouri
7/10/15
Edina
Minnesota
7/10/15
Amherst
Massachusetts
7/10/15
7/17/15
Wilmington
Delaware
7/17/15
Seattle
Washington
7/17/15
Santa Fe
New Mexico
7/17/15
Corvallis
Oregon
7/17/15
Bellingham
Washington
7/17/15
Albuquerque
New Mexico
7/17/15
Chicago
Illinois
7/19/15
Santa Rosa
California
7/24/15
Anchorage
Alaska
7/24/15
Ambler
Pennsylvania
7/24/15
Ouray
Colorado
7/24/15
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
7/24/15
Utica
New York
7/24/15
Tucson
Arizona
7/24/15
Honolulu
Hawaii
7/24/15
Williamsville
New York
7/31/15
Eugene
Oregon
7/31/15
Pelham
New York
7/31/15
Doylestown
Pennsylvania
7/31/15
Winchester
Virginia
7/31/15
Portland
Maine
8/7/15
Chicago
Illinois
8/7/15
Tallahassee
Florida
8/7/15
Concord
New Hampshire
8/7/15
Hanover
New Hampshire
8/14/15
Nevada City
California
8/14/15
Wilmette
Illinois
8/14/15
Bradenton
Florida
8/15/15
Albuquerque
New Mexico
8/25/15
Denver
Colorado
9/11/15
Bloomington
Indiana
9/11/15

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Reactions

“An ideal romantic film!” - Elle.com

“A breezy and enjoyable update of the classic novel.” - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“An engagingly lush Gallic romantic-drama.” - Mark Adams, Screen International

“Rich with observational and satirical contemporary details.” - Nathalie Atkinson, Globe and Mail

Detailed Film Info

In this vibrant seriocomic re-imagining of Flaubert’s literary classic Madame Bovary, life imitates art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her furniture restorer husband Charles (Jason Flemyng) move to a charming ramshackle old farmhouse in the very same Norman village where the novel was written a century earlier.  Their welcoming neighbor, local baker and Flaubert expert Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini), becomes entranced with Gemma and sets out to be her guide and mentor to her new surroundings. It doesn't take long before he is drawing parallels between the literary and real life woman, while he insinuates himself into her life.

As reality sets in on the fantasy of rural French domesticity, the Boverys' marriage begins to fray and Gemma finds herself at loose ends. She soon catches the eye of a handsome young playboy and when her  magnetic ex suddenly reappears, she finds herself at a crossroads and seems to be fulfilling Joubert's worst fears that her destiny is linked to that of Flaubert’s doomed heroine.  Director Anne Fontaine's (COCO BEFORE CHANEL) clever adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel Gemma Bovery is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary and a heady celebration of French provincial life.

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