Madame Bovary


Madame Bovary

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Over the years, Flaubert's Madame Bovary has proven an exceedingly difficult novel to film -- and this version adds another disappointing entry to the list.



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Set in Normandy, France, this is the classic story of Emma Bovary, a young beauty who impulsively marries small-town doctor, Charles Bovary, to leave her father's pig farm far behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy husband and mundane life, and seeks prestige and excitement outside the bonds of marriage.

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Mia Wasikowska
as Emma Bovary
Ezra Miller
as Leon Dupuis
Rhys Ifans
as Monsieur Lheureux
Paul Giamatti
as Monsieur Homais
Henry Lloyd-Hughes
as Charles Bovary
Luke Tittensor
as Hippolyte
Olivier Gourmet
as Monsieur Rouault
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A poor adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's classic novel, Madame Bovary is monotonous and cliché. The story follows a young woman who marries a country doctor, but finding her new life unfulfilling, she starts to spend recklessly and seeks out new lovers. Mia Wasikowska gives a strong performance but the character is underdeveloped. The film never really delves into the why behind her infidelity and excessive spending, which makes her come off as a rather shallow character. And the dialog is quite dry, with no passion to it. However, the film looks beautiful; with elaborate costumes and set designs. Also, the score does a good job at setting the mood and tone. Yet despite its first class production values, Madame Bovary has no heart.

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