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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. Read critic reviews

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After moving to the French countryside with her husband (Jason Flemyng), a British beauty (Gemma Arterton) draws the attention of a local baker (Fabrice Luchini), a young playboy and her magnetic ex.

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  • A heavily eroticised Arterton enlivens the lumpy Franglais dialogue and Luchini wrings laughs from the unlovely vantage of voyeuristic saddo. But that's not enough to hold the film together, or, indeed, the viewer's interest.

    March 7, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Arterton has flirty fun with the title role, and her scenes with Luchini boast a satirical crackle that's missing elsewhere.

    August 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Poor Arterton. She's genuinely gifted, but comes across as a lightweight.

    August 21, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The filmmakers take great pleasure in highlighting the cultural differences between the British and the French in every area from gastronomy to lovemaking.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What a piece of petit bourgeois mediocrity it is.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The refashioning of classics can work well in some instances, but this instance is not one of those.

    August 20, 2015 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 27, 2016
    It's flaky and lacking in depth, but it still works
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2015
    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 Super Reviewer

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