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Madame Bovary (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 25 December 1991 (USA)
In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary). To escape boredom, she throws herself into love ... See full summary »

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Rodolphe Boulanger
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M. Homais - le pharmacien
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Léon Dupuis
Christiane Minazzoli ...
La veuve Lefançois
Jean-Louis Maury ...
Merchant Lheureux
Florent Gibassier ...
Hippolyte
Jean-Claude Bouillaud ...
Le père Rouault - un paysan - le père d'Emma
Sabeline Campo ...
Felicité
Yves Verhoeven ...
Justin
Marie Mergey ...
La mère Bovary - la mère de Charles
François Maistre ...
Lieuvain - le conseiller de la préfecture
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Le vicomte
Phillippe Abitol
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In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary). To escape boredom, she throws herself into love affairs with a suave local landowner (Rodolphe Boulanger) and a law student (Leon Dupuis), and runs up ruinous debts. This film version closely follows Flaubert's novel and includes most of the famous scenes, such as the wedding, the ball, the agricultural fair, the operation on the clubfoot, and the opera in Rouen. Written by English Showalter <showalte@crab.rutgers.edu>

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25 December 1991 (USA)  »

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Мадам Бовари  »

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$1,942,424 (USA)
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In its original French version, one of the masculine voices overheard by Emma during the great Bail sequence is director Claude Chabrol's voice saying: "Mais qu'il en soit fait selon votre desir, ma chere... Lucien!". See more »

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During the ball, the music is "The Blue Danube" by Johan Strauss, composed in 1866. However, the action is taking place in 1837. See more »

Quotes

Le docteur Charles Bovary: [after his wife's death] Fate's the one to blame!
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Version of Unholy Love (1932) See more »

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Pizzicato Polka
Music by Johann Strauss (as J. Strauss) and Josef Strauß (as Josef Strauss)
Performed by M.J. Coignard-Helison
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Good but lacks appeal
9 March 2001 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Isabelle Huppert plays the part very coldly, which makes the story more distant. She seems to view romantic sexual pleasure as something to be acquired instead of experienced. The medical scenes, however, are very well done and almost shocking in the staid context of the film's sensationless depiction of marital infidelity. Other Bovarys (Jennifer Jones and Frances O'Connor) have been much more sensual, whereas Isabel is pretty but it never seems that having sexual intercourse with her would be fun. Sorry to put it so crudely, but I always thought that sexual attraction was the point of the story, and also the source of its tragedy.


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