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Gemma Bovery (2015)

Gemma Bovery



Drama, Comedy, Romance

Release Date

May 29, 2015 (Limited)

MPAA Rating



100 min.


Music Box Films

Official Site

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Cast and Crew


Anne Fontaine


Philippe Carcassonne, Matthieu Tarot


Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine



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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Gemma Arterton (stars as Gemma Bovery) and Fabrice Luchini in Music Box Films' Gemma Bovery (2015)
Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton (stars as Gemma Bovery) in Music Box Films' Gemma Bovery (2015)

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“..a tad too slapstick and not nearly modern enough in its social sensibilities to offer a truly updated version of Madame Bovary, Gemma Bovery still has its charms, especially Luchini's delightful take on a man who believes he can wish a woman to life from..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]
“..the emotions are florid and the entanglements heated. But the film become preoccupied with, as Flaubert would say, the pettiness and mediocrity of daily life..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]
“..a sly and frequently comical spoof on "Madame Bovary" based on a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, "Gemma Bovery" intersects with, and diverges from, the source material in witty ways..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]