Madame Bovary (1991)


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Literary critics long regarded Gustave Flaubert's iconic French novel Madame Bovary as unfilmable (despite several attempts by Vincente Minnelli and others to bring it to the screen), but Nouvelle Vague architect Claude Chabrol set out to definitively prove them wrong with this Oscar-nominated feature adaptation from 1991, starring Isabelle Huppert (The Lacemaker). Huppert stars as Emma Bovary, a woman whose happiness depends exclusively on elements outside of herself. She spends her days … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Chabrol
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On DVD: Nov 5, 2002
Republic Pictures Home Video



as Emma Bovary

as Charles Bovary

as Homais

as Leon Dupuis

as Charles Bovary's Mot...

as Widow LeFrancois

as Lieuvain, Advisor

as Madame Homais

as Master Guillaumin/No...

as L'Abbe Bournisien

as Mother Rolet Nourric...

as Master Hareng/Gentle...

as Doctor Canivet

as The Blind One
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Critic Reviews for Madame Bovary

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Chabrol's ostensibly placid version of Madame Bovary invests Flaubert's portrait of stifled womanhood with unmistakable flintiness. It chafes against the beautiful images with perfect irony.

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
East Bay Express

Audience Reviews for Madame Bovary


Claude Chabrol's version of Madame Bovary is brilliant and it's purely down to his excellent direction and Isabelle Huppert in one of her best performances in my opinion. The abrupt end is excellently conceived and quite fitting to the character, no sugar coating here just an honest portrayal of selfishness and consequence. Misery never looked so good.

Anthony Lawrie

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