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)


    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.


    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.


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


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


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


    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.


    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.


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

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