Gemma Bovery (Anne Fontaine, 2014)

June 1, 2015


Anne Fontaine’s tragicomic Gemma Bovery is based on a 1999 graphic novel written by Posy Simmonds, with both works relying heavily on parallels to Gustave Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary. The eponymous Gemma (Gemma Arterton) is an English expatriate who settles in a small village in Normandy with her husband, Charles (Jason Flemyng). Their middle-aged neighbour is Martin (Fabruce Luchini), an ex-Parisian baker and literature aficionado obsessed with the work of Flaubert and immediately captivated by the couple. Not only are the names of the new arrivals virtually the same as the lead characters of Madame Bovary, but their behaviour also seems to be inspired by Flaubert’s heroes…

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