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Gemma Bovery

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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.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"An ideal romantic film!”

“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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Release Date : May 29, 2015
  • Countries of Production : France
  • Languages : English, French
  • Running Time : 99 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.35:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : R For Sexuality/Nudity and Language
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

In the Footsteps of Emma: The Making of Gemma Bovery

Master Class with Director Anne Fontaine

From Page to Screen Graphic Novel Gallery

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