Gemma Bovery

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
June 15 – 18
Mon-Tues 8:15
Wed 6:10 8:15
Thur 6:10 
(France, UK / 2014 / Directed by Anne Fontaine)
R / 99 mins. 
Director Anne (COCO BEFORE CHANEL) Fontaine’s clever adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ 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.
In this vibrant re-imagining of Madame Bovary, life imitates art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her husband Charles (Jason Flemyng) move to a charming ramshackle old farmhouse in the very same Norman village where the novel was written a century earlier.  Their welcoming neighbor, Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini), becomes entranced with Gemma and sets out to guide her through her new surroundings. It doesn’t take long before he is drawing parallels between the literary and real life woman, while he insinuates himself into her life. As reality sets in on the fantasy of rural French domesticity, the Boverys’ marriage begins to fray and Gemma finds herself at loose ends. She soon catches the eye of a handsome young playboy and when her magnetic ex suddenly reappears, she finds herself at a crossroads and seems to be fulfilling Joubert’s worst fears that her destiny is linked to that of Flaubert’s doomed heroine. In French and English with subtitles. 
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