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.
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Did You Know?
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
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
Le docteur Charles Bovary
[after his wife's death
Fate's the one to blame!
Version of Madame Bovary
Lucie de Lammermoor
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by M.J. Coignard-Helison See more