From the director of Coco Before Chanel comes an original and breezy film based on the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe) and inspired by Gustave Flaubert’s classic read, Madame Bovary. The film unites French acting legend Fabrice Luchini with English “It-Girl” Gemma Arterton.
Fifty-something Martin Joubert is a baker who has recently left Paris and moved to a small town in Normandy with his wife and teenage son, in search of a better lifestyle. One day, Martin sees a young English couple move in next door. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behavior also seems to be awfully close to Flaubert’s heroes.
Martin rapidly takes an interest in the passionate Gemma, a true English rose, and falls quickly under her spell. However, Gemma has other ideas and it is not long before her eyes start to wander too, but perhaps not in the direction Martin would have liked…
Centred around Luchini and Arterton’s performances, Gemma Bovery is a delightful modern-day take on Flaubert’s masterpiece, filled with hilarious one-liners in French, English and Franglais.