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I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)

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Critic Consensus: I Am Not Madame Bovary's sly social commentary and well-constructed story anchor director Feng Xiaogang's visually experimental approach.

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Li Xuelian and her husband Qin Yuhe stage a fake divorce to secure a second apartment in the city reserved by the government for single people. Qin remarries six months later - as agreed - but to a different woman. Furious, Li files a lawsuit with the county court but loses the case. Refusing to accept the court's findings, Li appeals to the chief justice, the county chief, and even the mayor, but fails at every turn. After Qin publicly accuses Li of being a "promiscuous woman" because she was not a virgin on their wedding night, Li is driven back to the courts to redeem her reputation. Li makes her way from county to city, enduring one trial after another, until she decides to make her appeal in far-off Beijing. Ten years go by, and the cases of Li's divorce and her ruined reputation have not been resolved. Li has continued to travel to Beijing every year but must face those who wish to quash her efforts every step of the way.

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All in all this is quite something, gradually building to a jawdropping final scene.

May 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a pleasure to look at the screen and to watch the artistry of the entire creative team. But there's a forbidding quality to the entire enterprise.

November 18, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The shapes are a distraction. However, what's happening within them is compelling enough to overcome the stylistic overkill.

November 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Although it's intended as a satire, director Feng Xiaogang's movie has a literary tone, a leisurely pace and relatively few laugh-out-loud moments.

November 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The script by Liu Zhenyun becomes ponderous and redundant, kept on oxygen by its lead actress's complex performance as a child-woman with enigmatic wisdom.

November 17, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's like an odd storybook you'd find in the attic and have trouble putting down - the more quixotic Lian's journey becomes, the more you want her to see it through to the bitter end.

November 16, 2016 | Full Review…

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