Gemma Bovery (film)
|Directed by||Anne Fontaine|
|Based on||Gemma Bovery
by Posy Simmonds
|Music by||Bruno Coulais|
|Edited by||Annette Dutertre|
|Box office||$4.5 million|
Gemma Bovery is a 2014 French-British comedy-drama film based on Posy Simmonds' 1999 graphic novel of the same name. Directed by Anne Fontaine, the film stars Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng, Mel Raido, and Fabrice Luchini. The film premiered in the Special Presentations section at the Toronto International Film Festival on 6 September 2014.
Martin (Fabrice Luchini), an ex-Parisian with a deep appreciation for Gustave Flaubert, has settled in a village in Normandy as a baker. He sees a British couple moving into an old property across the road. Their names, Gemma (Gemma Arterton) and Charles Bovery (Jason Flemyng), echo those of the leading characters in Flaubert's 1856 masterpiece Madame Bovary. Martin engages with the young couple and observes Gemma's behaviour replicates that of her namesake, including a series of romantic and sexual liaisons that suggest she is headed for a tragic finale like that of the novel. He intervenes but cannot alter the inevitable conclusion.
- Fabrice Luchini as Martin Joubert
- Gemma Arterton as Gemma Bovery
- Jason Flemyng as Charlie Bovery, Gemma's new husband
- Mel Raido as Patrick, Gemma's ex-boyfriend and a charming food critic
- Isabelle Candelier as Valérie Joubert
- Niels Schneider as Hervé de Bressigny
- Elsa Zylberstein as Wizzy
- Pip Torrens as Rankin
- Kacey Mottet Klein as Julien Joubert
- Edith Scob as Madame de Bressigny
Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 52%, based on 81 reviews, with an average score of 6/10. The site's consensus reads, "Gemma Bovery's bursts of charm -- among them Gemma Arterton's winsome performance in the title role -- are often enough to compensate for its lack of focus.". At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 58, based on 27 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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