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Madame Bovary (2000)

A young woman in her late teens, a reader of novels and with high hopes of romance and passion, marries a widowed country doctor. Although he dotes on her, she is soon bored and discontent.... See full summary »

Director:

Tim Fywell

Writers:

Gustave Flaubert (novel), Heidi Thomas (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances O'Connor ... Emma Bovary
Greg Wise ... Rodolphe
Eileen Atkins ... Marie Louise
Hugh Bonneville ... Charles Bovary
Keith Barron ... L'heureux
Jessica Oyelowo ... Felicite
Trevor Peacock ... Rouault
David Troughton ... Homais
Joe McGann ... Paul
Stanley Lebor ... Binet
Joe Roberts Joe Roberts ... Justin
Mary MacLeod Mary MacLeod ... Madame Lefrancois
Phillip Manikum Phillip Manikum ... Lestiboudois
Hugh Dancy ... Leon
Desmond Barrit ... Guillaumin
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Storyline

A young woman in her late teens, a reader of novels and with high hopes of romance and passion, marries a widowed country doctor. Although he dotes on her, she is soon bored and discontent. First, she gives her imagination to a law student in town, and next she takes a lover. When he refuses to run away with her, she takes up again with the law clerk. Her spending on dresses and furnishings mounts; these debts and her ill-advised professional counsel to her husband bring his ruin. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bovaryné See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released on DVD in 2012 with 158 minutes. See more »

Goofs

Emma's eyes/eyelids very visibly twitch and shift after she is supposed to be dead from the poison. See more »

Quotes

Leon: I'm pouring myself into you, Emma.
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Version of Madame Bovary (1947) See more »

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The book is much better
5 August 2006 | by koolsbergenSee all my reviews

The book - I read it one day before I watched the film on DVD - is (as often) much better. It sounds like a cliché but it's a fact. It's difficult to understand the motives of Madame Bovary and one simply needs hundreds of pages to describe what's going on in her mind.

Of course the movie omits many details of the original story. Yet the actors who perform the personages of Bovary, Homais, Lheureux and many minor roles are cast well. However, Frances O'Connor is not a credible Madame Bovary. I think it is difficult to find a actress for this complicated character. I could not help imagining that Emma Thompson might have been a much more sympathetic and understandable Emma Bovary.

Yet I think the BBC deserves a 7 out of 10 for this attempt to represent Flaubert's masterpiece.


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