Madame Bovary (2014 film)
|Directed by||Sophie Barthes|
|Based on||Madame Bovary|
by Gustave Flaubert
|Edited by||Mikkel E.G. Nielsen|
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.
- Mia Wasikowska as Emma Bovary
- Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Charles Bovary
- Ezra Miller as Leon Dupuis, one of Emma's lovers
- Paul Giamatti as Monsieur Homais, the local pharmacist
- Rhys Ifans as Monsieur Lheureux
- Logan Marshall-Green as the Marquis or Rodolphe Boulanger in the novel
- Olivier Gourmet as Monsieur Rouault
- Laura Carmichael as Henriette
In March 2012, it was reported that Mia Wasikowska had been cast in a film to be directed by Sophie Barthes. Ezra Miller joined the cast in May and Rhys Ifans in October 2012. Laura Carmichael, Olivier Gourmet, and Logan Marshall-Green were linked to the project in September 2013. Filming began on 30 September 2013 in Normandy.
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.
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." The film holds a score of 52 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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