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