Gemma Bovery


Gemma Bovery (2015)


Critic Consensus: Gemma Bovery's bursts of charm -- among them Gemma Arterton's winsome performance in the title role -- are often enough to compensate for its lack of focus.


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Life begins to imitate art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma (Gemma Arterton) and her furniture restorer husband Charles Bovery (Jason Flemyng, X-Men: First Class, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) move to the very same Norman village where the graphic novel was written. Local baker and Flaubert fan Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) falls for the lovely and charming newcomer and sets out to be her mentor. It doesn't take long before his wild imagination leads him to draw parallels between the literary and real life woman, as he insinuates himself into her life. She soon finds herself at a crossroads that seems to be fulfilling Joubert's worst fears that her destiny is mirroring that of Flaubert's doomed heroine. Director Anne Fontaine's clever adaptation of the graphic novel is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary, and a heady celebration of French provincial life. (C) Music Box Films

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Gemma Arterton
as Gemma Bovery
Fabrice Luchini
as Martin Joubert
Jason Flemyng
as Charlie Bovery
Isabelle Candelier
as Valérie Joubert
Kacey Mottet Klein
as Julien Joubert
Niels Schneider
as Hervé de Bressigny
Edith Scob
as Madame de Bressigny
Mel Raido
as Patrick
Pascale Arbillot
as la nouvelle voisine
Philippe Uchan
as le docteur Rivière
Christian Sinniger
as Un Producteur de Calva
Marie-Benedicte Roy
as Madame Rivière
Pierre Alloggia
as Un Producteur de Calva
Patrice Le Méhauté
as Le Maître d'Hôtel
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Critic Reviews for Gemma Bovery

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (25)

The tone is uneven, creaking between uproarious comedy bonking and serious(ish) drama.

Aug 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Director Anne Fontaine eroticizes her porcelain-skinned star but also adds some subversively feminist flourishes.

Jul 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Like Chabrol, Fontaine has a way of making you laugh, on an off, for 90 minutes, before leaving you feeling a little queasy from too much truth.

Jun 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A nice little gem for anyone intrigued by the concept of having fun with a giant of 19th century literature.

Jun 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The novel, of course, is one of the towering achievements in literature, and this trivial movie has no idea what to do with it.

Jun 14, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

How is it possible that such blatant male wish fulfillment came from a female director and a graphic novel by a woman, writer-artist Posy Simmonds?

Jun 11, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gemma Bovery

It's flaky and lacking in depth, but it still works

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

Gemma Bovery(Gemma Arterton) and her husband Charlie(Jason Flemyng) have just moved to Normandy. It does not take Martin(Fabrice Luchini) the local baker, long to spot the similarity between Gemma's name and a certain French literary heroine, especially with its author having once lived in the area. One could make a case in "Gemma Bovery" that Martin is so obsessed with the novel of "Emma Bovary" that he is actually rewriting Gemma's life to fit his literary expectations. Which is a promising start for a movie, especially considering its good cast and neat locations. Except that director Anne Fontaine's usual indifferent style simply manages to suck most of the energy out of the room, even with the movie's twist filled ending.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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