Gemma Bovery Friday, 03 April 2020

Gemma Bovery

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    The pain of infidelity.

  • Starring:

    Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng, Isabelle Candelier, Niels Schneider, Mel Raido, Elsa Zylberstein, Pip Torrens, Kacey Mottet Klein, Edith Scob

  • Directed by:

    Anne Fontaine

  • Running time:

    99 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man is punched, wrestled, thrown against a wall. Burning objects, bonfire. Dead insect, rodent. World wars, suicide, choked to death mentioned. Screaming, yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Dead body on floor/stretcher. Injection given.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple has sex in the living room, dining room. Nude male (rear view), woman in lingerie, exposed nipples, breast-sucking. Infidelity. Love bite. Kissing, ogling, flirting, undressing. References to having sex, desire.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (champagne, wine, spirits). An antihistamine is administered (injection). Smoking. Bottle of wine, taking drugs, arsenic mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-word, a-words. Slang for bodily functions. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, infidelity, love, classic literature, baking, life imitating art, middle age obsession, adultery, tragedy, diaries, betrayal, family, antiques.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead wife/lover. Wedding, cathedral, funeral settings. Ex-wife mentioned. Dogs, cows, mouse, fireworks. French language (subtitles). Based on the novel Gemma Bovery by Posy Simmonds.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Charming, intriguing, layered, affecting, hilarious, funny, quirky, pleasant, short, focused, lighthearted, farcical, winning, tragicomic, buoyant, dramatic. Excellent casting, Arterton is alluring/charming/fetching, terrific performances, intense chemistry between leads, beautiful cinematography/camerawork, lavish visuals, remarkable tonal control.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Pedestrian, predictable. Bizarrely climactic/far-fetched finale.

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