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Gemma Bovery (2014)

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Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Candelier ...
Valérie Joubert
Hervé de Bressigny
Julien Joubert (as Kacey Mottet-Klein)
Philippe Uchan ...
Docteur Rivière
La nouvelle voisine
Marie-Bénédicte Roy ...
Mme Rivière
Christian Sinniger ...
Producteur de calva 1
Pierre Alloggia ...
Producteur de calva 2


Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behavior also seems to be inspired by Flaubert's heroes. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 September 2014 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La ilusión de estar contigo  »

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Box Office


€9,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,095 (USA) (29 May 2015)


$191,512 (USA) (28 August 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gemma Arterton stated that Gemma Bovery is the character who is more close to how she is in real life that she ever played. See more »


Martin Joubert: [on secretly observing Gemma seeing a local] This will only end badly
Martin Joubert: There is a moment when life imitates art
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References Call of Duty (2003) See more »


Performed by Moriarty
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20 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Negative: Forced to sit through five trailer adverts for other movies. Positives: Note the spelling difference in the name. Lots of British type humor bordering between a little shocking and funny. So what happens when a British couple end up living in the France of Flaubert and by coincidence they share many of the same attributes as well as a similarity in name to that famous novel? Add a next-door baker as a storyteller who is also infatuated with the mystique of women from those period novels. "Gemma Bovery" offers a contemporary interpretation that I found more interesting than other recent adaptations of the story especially with regards to manipulating men. "Wants everything from love and is always disappointed." When life doesn't match her fantasy one wonders if she would have changed or would she have eventually recidivated? Great endings as her men lead to her humorously ironic downfall and finally the introduction of a famously storied Russian woman.

Surprising song (an odd fit) shows up in the movie and in the credits - "Jimmy" with no identifiable credit. Anyway, from a mongrel American/European blues/folk/rock team, "Moriarty".

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