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Madame Bovary (2014)

R | | Drama | 12 June 2015 (USA)
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Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost.

Director:

Sophie Barthes

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Felipe Marino (screenplay by), Sophie Barthes (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Wasikowska ... Emma Bovary
Rhys Ifans ... Monsieur Lheureux
Ezra Miller ... Léon Dupuis
Logan Marshall-Green ... Marquis d'Andervilliers
Henry Lloyd-Hughes ... Charles Bovary
Laura Carmichael ... Henriette
Olivier Gourmet ... Monsieur Rouault
Paul Giamatti ... Monsieur Homais
Luke Tittensor ... Hippolyte
Richard Cordery Richard Cordery ... Abbé Bournisien
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Madame Homais
Simon Muller Simon Muller ... Monsieur Dubocage
Simon Paisley Day ... Bailiff
Morfydd Clark ... Camille
Roméo Fidanza Roméo Fidanza ... Recital Singer (as Romeo Fidanza)
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Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost.

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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This is actress Mia Wasikowska's 5th period drama set in the 19th century. See more »

Quotes

Monsieur Lheureux: This is going to be very expensive.
Emma Bovary: You will extend me credit, will you not?
Monsieur Lheureux: [slides fabric swatches toward her] Money should never be the problem - only the solution.
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Remake of Save and Protect (1989) See more »

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A Premonition
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Emma won't go dancing.
24 March 2017 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Madame Bovary" was already transferred twice to the screen in its native country :Jean Renoir's version (1934) is generally considered the best ;the more recent version by Claude Chabrol who claimed he "made the movie Flaubert would have done" ;there's also Vincente Minnelli's film, starring the most beautiful romantic Emma ever in the shape of Jennifer Jones .

Mrs Barthes took more liberties with the novel than any of her colleagues,sometimes not for the best: it's really a bad idea to replace the Marquis' ball by a hunting with hounds : a ball is par excellence the place where a woman can shine,dazzle all the men around and outstrip all her rivals:Flaubert's depiction of the soiree ,which is the turning point of the novel ,reveals Emma's monotonous living,her longing for a socialite life ,for a romantic love story her meek oafish hubby cannot give to her;the Marquis ,becoming Emma's lover , led the screenwriters to do without Rodolphe Boulanger ,which may disappoint the readers.Gone is Emma 's daughter -she wanted a boy and she found her ugly- who landed as a working girl in a spinning mill ,ironical fate for a daughter whose mom wanted to climb the social scale.On the other hand,Lheureux,Emma's evil genius, is given a (too) prominent role ,and Monsieur Homais ,the atheist chemist hardly appears ,he 's only in it to urge Charles to operate on Hippolyte,the person with club- foot ;the scene in the church with the vicar is much weaker than its equivalent in Renoir's movie;the agricultural meeting fete is botched ,and passes over in silence the way Flaubert showed "the poverty of the century " ,in the shape of a very old lady who is awarded a medal after a life of hard labor.(Renoir did not forget that either)

The movie is not completely wretched though.Mia Wasikowska is a very credible Emma ,and even if her suicide may surprise Flaubert's readers,the final scene with these torches in the night is cinematographically dazzling(but the prologue which makes the movie a flashback is pointless);Charles Bovary(Henry Loyd-Hughes) is exactly how Flaubert depicted him,an unambitious good man with a small mind, whose main pleasure in life is to sit down at table and enjoy his meal;the wedding night -not shown in precedent versions- is revealing .To get a semblance of a luxury life,she's seized by a compulsive desire to buy mountain of things ,most of which are thoroughly useless.She lives in a world of illusion,even Leon (Ezra Miller)holds a second-rate position he may easily loose if he continues with his romance with a married woman.

This new version will probably not go down in cinema history.But ,even though the screenplay is eminently debatable,the cinematography is splendid indeed.


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