Cinema International - Gemma Bovery

Curris Center - Barkley Room

300 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071

With Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng In French with English subtitles. 99 mins. R.

Anne Fontaine’s film is a vibrant seriocomic re-imagining of Gustave  Flaubert’s literary classic Madame Bovary, and a clever adaptation of  Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel Gemma Bovery. Life imitates art in  uncanny ways when British Gemma Bovery and her husband Charles  move to a charming old French farmhouse in the very same Norman  village where the novel was written 156 years earlier. Their welcoming  neighbor, local baker and Flaubert expert Martin Joubert becomes  entranced with Gemma and sets out to be her guide to her new  surroundings. As reality sets in on the dream life in rural France, the  Boverys’ marriage begins to fray, and Gemma catches the eye of a  handsome playboy, which seems to be fulfilling Joubert’ s worst fears  that her destiny is replicating that of Flaubert’s doomed heroine. This movie is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty  feminist commentary and a heady celebration of French provincial life.

Thursday, 30 September, 2021


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