Gemma Bovery

Gemma Bovery is an adaptation of Posy Simmonds’s graphic novel, which is based on Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Set in modern-day Normandy, Gemma Bovery‘s main character is Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini, 63). A failed essayist, Martin has moved to the country to become a baker. He seems to be bored about his new life. When Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton, 28) move in across the road, with her husband Charlie (Jason Flemyng, 48), Martin’s interest is piqued. “Her name is Gemma Bovery”, says Martin breathlessly. He refers to the resemblance between his British neighbour’s name, and Flaubert’s heroine, Emma Bovary. He is convinced that Gemma is facing a similar fate than her fictitious counterpart, who committed suicide. As Gemma becomes a client of Joubert’s bakery, they become friends. She even asks Martin to teach her how to make bread. He warns her about keeping rat poison in her house. And he starts spying on her, and he sees her having an affair with Hervé de Bressigny (Niels Schneider, 27), the son of a rich family. This convinces Martin that a tragedy is surely going to happen. I have never been a fan of Fabrice Luchini. In films after films, Luchini always gets the girl. It is always a young beautiful girl with a perfect body, and Fabrice Luchini… urgh… ‘nough said. And although in Gemma Bovery, he is not involved romantically with Gemma, the sight of him salivating over her is appalling not appealing. Creepy! Luchini should be playing grandfathers not dirty old men. The has some qualities like nice shots of Normandy.

Rémi-Serge Gratton


Gemma Bovery


Directed by: 
Anne Fontaine
Screenplay by: 
Pascal Bonitzer
Anne Fontaine
Based on the graphic
novel by Posy Simmonds
Fabrice Luchini
Gemma Arterton
Jason Flemyng
Elsa Zylberstein
Isabelle Candelier
Niels Schneider
99 min.
Rated 14A
In French and English
with English subtitles

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