Madame Bovary (2014 film)

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Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary 2014 film poster.png
Film poster
Directed bySophie Barthes
Produced by
Written by
  • Rose Barreneche
  • Sophie Barthes
Based onMadame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert
Music by
  • Evgueni Galperine
  • Sacha Galperine
CinematographyAndrij Parekh
Edited byMikkel E.G. Nielsen
  • Aden Film
  • Aleph Motion Pictures
  • Left Field Ventures
  • Occupant Entertainment
  • Radiant Films International
Distributed by
Release date
  • August 30, 2014 (2014-08-30) (Telluride Film Festival)[1]
  • June 12, 2015 (2015-06-12)[2]
Running time
118 minutes
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • United States
  • English
  • French
  • Latin

Madame Bovary is a 2014 German-Belgian-American drama film directed by Sophie Barthes and starring Mia Wasikowska, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Paul Giamatti, and Ezra Miller. The film is based on the 1856 novel of the same name by notable French author Gustave Flaubert.


The film begins as Emma (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman not yet 18, is packing up her belongings and preparing to leave the convent to marry the man her farmer father has arranged as her husband: country doctor Charles Bovary (Henry Lloyd-Hughes). But she becomes bored and miserable in the small, provincial town of Yonville. She spends most of her time alone, reading or wandering in the garden while Charles tends to patients. Even when he's home, he either bores or neglects Emma.

Emma longs for more—excitement, passion, status, and love. She shows restraint at first, when smitten law clerk Leon Dupuis (Ezra Miller) skittishly professes his affections for her. But she is intrigued by the dashing Marquis (Logan Marshall-Green), who makes more overt advances. Their affair emboldens her as she believes it gives her glimpse of the good life. She spends money she doesn't have on lavish dresses and decorations from the obsequious dry-goods dealer Monsieur Lheureux (Rhys Ifans), who's all too happy to continue extending her credit.



In March 2012, it was reported that Mia Wasikowska had been cast in a film to be directed by Sophie Barthes.[6] Ezra Miller joined the cast in May[7] and Rhys Ifans in October 2012.[8] Laura Carmichael, Olivier Gourmet, and Logan Marshall-Green were linked to the project in September 2013.[9] Filming began on 30 September 2013 in Normandy.[9][10]

Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino of Occupant Entertainment produced the film in association with director Sophie Barthes' production company Aden Films and Jaime Mateus-Tique from Aleph Motion Pictures.[11]

Warner Bros. secured all German-speaking rights to the film from A Company Filmed Entertainment in April 2014.[11]

On September 9, 2014, one day before its Telluride Film Festival debut, Millennium Entertainment acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the film.[12]


Madame Bovary received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 43% score based on 68 reviews, with an average rating of 5.68/10. The film's consensus reads: "Over the years, Flaubert's Madame Bovary has proven an exceedingly difficult novel to film—and this version adds another disappointing entry to the list."[13] The film holds a score of 52 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 10, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Madame Bovary - Official Site".
  3. ^ a b c d e Jeff Labrecque (October 31, 2013). "'Madame Bovary' first look: Mia Wasikowska stars as Flaubert's tragic heroine". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Miller's thrills over Madame Bovary". Belfast Telegraph. May 16, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Sean O'Connell (September 30, 2013). "Mia Wasikowska's Madame Bovary Begins Principal Photography In France". Cinema Blend. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Sneider, Jeff (March 30, 2012). "Mia Wasikowska set for 'Bovary'". Variety.
  7. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 10, 2012). "Ezra Miller joins 'Bovary' cast". Variety.
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 24, 2012). "Rhys Ifans books 'Madame Bovary' role". Variety.
  9. ^ a b McNary, Dave (September 30, 2013). "Laura Carmichael, Olivier Gourmet, Logan Marshall-Green Join 'Madame Bovary'". Variety.
  10. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (September 30, 2013). "'Downton Abbey' Star Joins 'Madame Bovary'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ a b Nancy Tartaglione (April 23, 2014). "Global Showbiz Briefs: Warner Bros Germany Courts 'Madame Bovary'; 'Jamaica Inn' Off To Strong Start On BBC One". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  12. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (September 9, 2014). "Toronto Update: Re-Branding Millennium Seals Deal For 'Madame Bovary'".
  13. ^ "Madame Bovary (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  14. ^ "Madame Bovary". Metacritic. Retrieved October 24, 2015.

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