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Madame Bovary (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 25 December 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emma Bovary
... Le docteur Charles Bovary
... Rodolphe Boulanger
... M. Homais - le pharmacien
... Léon Dupuis
Christiane Minazzoli ... La veuve Lefançois
Jean-Louis Maury ... Merchant Lheureux
... 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
... 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
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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 »

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Le docteur Charles Bovary: [after his wife's death] Fate's the one to blame!
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Version of Die nackte Bovary (1969) See more »

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Les voix du printemps
(Frühlingsstimmen, op 410)
Music by Johann Strauss (as J. Strauss)
Performed by M.J. Coignard-Helison
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Over-economical screenmake of a literary classic
3 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Just finished watching this film on VHS after a long search of London libraries. Disappointed, but first the good stuff... Huppert does the soul-wrent-in-twain-through-moral-confusion well. The others in the cast are unknown to me but do a better job than on the made for TV version (BBC 2002) simply because they are French (don't live day to day with ironing boards for spines). The costuming is beautiful - this is important to twist the knife as Emma's debt becomes incommutable. The bad stuff - the direction. Or lack of it. La Ceremonie is the only Chabrol film I can remember worth seeing; this film is not as bad as the recent zzz-worth Merci pour le Chocolat... there's French filmmaking and there's unabashed pretension and that film is the latter. The continuity in Bovary is sloppy as is the sound editing (although Chabrol's brother's score's OK). The final straw is Huppert's inability to find some of the naivete that is so engaging in, say, Heaven's Gate. The latter part of the film is good - it's as if her scheming to avoid the fate she is preparing for herself increases the fall she succumbs to. But at the beginning, she's the same character... there's no preparation for a transformation. And WHY - WHY OH WHY does this production insist on white sub-titles? It's such a cheap error! 5/10... buy lots of popcorm.


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