99 minutes, France, 2014, Subtitled, Colour, Digital

This film was released on Friday 21st August 2015 and is no longer screening. 

Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) is a baker in a small village in rural France, a fanciful, romantic soul who has recently escaped Paris with his long-suffering wife and grumpy teenage son. When Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her furniture restorer husband Charles (Jason Flemyng) move into a neighbouring old farmhouse that they are intent on doing up, Martin is distracted, not only by the young woman’s beauty and casual charm, but by the surname she shares with the celebrated character from French literature, Madame Bovary.

As he ingratiates himself into her life, Martin’s fascination with Gemma becomes obsessive, and he starts to believe she might be on the same path as Flaubert’s tragic heroine. Director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) injects refreshing warmth and wit into this clever adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel, and Gemma Bovery is a wry celebration of romance and French provincial life. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)


There will be a French Film Club screening of this film on Tuesday, August 25th. Tickets €7 for IFI & Alliance Française members. Screening time will be announced closer to the event.

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