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Madame Bovary (2014)

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Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost.

Director:

Sophie Barthes

Writers:

Felipe Marino (screenplay by), Sophie Barthes (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Wasikowska ... Emma Bovary
Rhys Ifans ... Monsieur Lheureux
Ezra Miller ... Léon Dupuis
Logan Marshall-Green ... Marquis d'Andervilliers
Henry Lloyd-Hughes ... Charles Bovary
Laura Carmichael ... Henriette
Olivier Gourmet ... Monsieur Rouault
Paul Giamatti ... Monsieur Homais
Luke Tittensor ... Hippolyte
Richard Cordery Richard Cordery ... Abbé Bournisien
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Madame Homais
Simon Muller Simon Muller ... Monsieur Dubocage
Simon Paisley Day ... Bailiff
Morfydd Clark ... Camille
Roméo Fidanza Roméo Fidanza ... Recital Singer (as Romeo Fidanza)
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Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Belgium | USA

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

12 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pani Bovary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This is actress Mia Wasikowska's 5th period drama set in the 19th century. See more »

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Emma Bovary: I realized that before getting married I was contemplating my coming life like a child. In a theater, um... sitting there in high spirits, and eagerly waiting for the play to begin. It was a blessing in my early youth that I did not know what was really going to happen. When I look back now, it seems that I was like an innocent prisoner, condemned not to death, but to life, and as-yet unconscious of what the sentence meant. And the longer I live, the more clearly I feel that on a whole, life's ...
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Requiem
By Alfred Shnitke (as Alfred Schnittke)
Performed by Jaroslav Brych, Prazsky Filharmonicky Sbor (as The Prague Philharmonic Choir)
Published by G. Schirmer Inc.
Courtesy of AMC - Praga Digitals
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'The longer I live, the more clearly I feel that, on the whole, life is a disappointment.'
16 August 2015 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Yet again we have an incarnation of Flaubert's novel of infidelity and this time the transformation of the book to screen (by Felipe Marino and director Sophie Barthes) is, at best, weak. The pacing of the film is adagio and the cast is adequate if unremarkable. The only standout in the film is the costumer and the strange but adequately atmospheric music by Evgueni and Sacha Galperine.

For those who have forgotten the story, 'In mid-1800s Normandy, France, farmer's daughter Emma (Mia Wasikowska) leaves the convent where she was educated and marries a young doctor, Charles Bovary (Henry Lloyd-Hughes). With high hopes for a fulfilling and romantic future like the ones she reads about in novels, Emma leaves her childhood home and loving father, moving to the small town of Yonville where Charles has based his practice. While Charles loves his new wife, he is consumed by his work and is out of the house all day visiting patients. During their brief daily time together, Emma is bored and repulsed by his talk of ailments and dull business affairs, and Charles is all but oblivious to her ennui. With no regular company besides their maid, Henriette (Laura Carmichael), Emma becomes a vulnerable client to the crafty local merchant Lheureux (Rhys Ifans), who entices her with luxury goods available for purchase on credit. Emma soon befriends a young clerk, Leon Dupuis (Ezra Miller), who shares her romantic frame of mind and disdain for provincial Yonville. Emma longs to go to Paris and immerse herself in the culture, and has quickly tired of her dull existence as a country doctor's wife. Leon secretly confesses his love to Emma, who, despite the mutual attraction, dismisses his advances. Leon departs for law studies in Paris. Charles and Emma are invited to a hunting party by the Marquis d'Andervilliers (Logan Marshall- Green), who had dropped by Doctor Bovary's house to have one of his servants treated. The Marquis was immediately attracted to Emma, who becomes so excited about the excursion into high society that she orders expensive clothes from Lheureux for the occasion. At the party, she is entranced by the luxury of the upper-class and by the subtle advances of the Marquis, whom she meets once more at an agricultural show. Emma's thirst for extravagance only grows, and she begins to spend liberally to beautify the house and her wardrobe, all on credit from Lheureux. She also takes the advice of local pharmacist Homais (Paul Giamatti) and convinces her husband to operate on the club-foot of Homais' servant Hippolyte (Luke Tittensor) and become a celebrated surgeon. The surgery fails. Ashamed of her husband's incompetence and feeling all the more stifled, Emma visits the Marquis at his home and confesses her misery. They begin an affair, with Emma making regular trips on foot through the woods to visit him. Charles has no inkling of his wife's unhappiness in the marriage or of her affair. Emma eventually begs the Marquis to run away with her, and though he initially refuses, he calms her by promising to make arrangements to elope.' And to tell the rest would be consider spoilers.

Mediocre at best this is a very long song that could have been so much better in so many ways.


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