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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