Gemma Bovery

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.


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  • ★★★½ review by Craig Duffy on Letterboxd

    Weird little movie. Perhaps I would have gotten more out of it if j were more familiar with the source material. Enjoyable enough. Humorous and insightful. Arterton has such a natural talent and beauty.

  • ★★★★ review by Vasilakos on Letterboxd

    Του κόβω δύο αστεράκια για τις δύο σεναριακές ανακρίβειες (δε γίνεται ούτε σε ταινία επιστημονικής φαντασίας να απορρίπτουν ΔΥΟ άντρες τη Gemma) και της δίνω ένα έξτρα για το έπος του: "Παιδί μου, ειλικρινά θα προτιμούσα να παίρνεις ναρκωτικά από το να λες μαλακίες".

  • ★★★½ review by Alien_Dwarf on Letterboxd

    Σαν να βλέπεις ιστορία της Αγκάθα Κρίστι, με πρωταγωνιστή χαρακτήρα που έχει διαβάσει Αγκάθα Κρίστι. Λογικά άλλο πράγμα σκεφτόταν η σκηνοθέτης (δεδομένης και της εντελώς διαφορετικής λογοτεχνικής κλίσης των ηρώων του), και λογικά εγώ είμαι απλά βλαμμένος και βλέπω αναφορές εκεί που δεν υπάρχουν, αλλά αφενός νιώθω ότι η κλιμάκωση με δικαιώνει, και αφετέρου ποιος νοιάζεται; Αγάπησα την αισθητική του και την αφέλειά του.

    Υ.Γ. Αχ Gemma.

  • ★★★½ review by A. Paulo Ferreira on Letterboxd

    Hottest Gemma Arterton festival... goddamn it!

  • ★★★½ review by Paul Campbell on Letterboxd

    Light, well shot, humorous, and relaxed, with great performances from Arterton and Luchini and generally good support around them. Well worth it.

    Pre-viewing I hadn't realised this was a French production, but the mix of spoken French and English is very appealing and suits the scenario very well. Unfortunately, viewing on Netflix the only subtitle option was English Closed Caption, so as well as the English dialogue being subtitled we were also treated to [door closing], [footsteps] and [dog barking] text which is not ideal. This also meant that my wife found the film a little tiring to watch and we ended up watching it over a couple of days.

    Claire had read the graphic novel this is based on and thought it was a good adaptation, if lacking some of the depth of characterisation, particularly around Patrick. After the film finished she immediately wanted to read it again. I haven't read it, but have read Flaubert and was pleased that it wasn't a simple updating of his novel but had a playful engagement with it.

    Gemma Bovary is wryly comical and undemanding, but also has deeper themes within it. It's a film that I hope to watch again under better circumstances where they're given a chance to carry through and knit together.

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