Flaubert’s tale of infidelity falls flat
Cinema: Gemma Bovery. Directed by Anne Fontaine. Selected, cert 15A. Rating: **.
Madame Bovary, French writer Gustave Flaubert’s best-known work, has had a troubled progress from page to screen. Jean Renoir and Claude Chabrol tried to translate his closely-composed prose to free-flowing cinema, but the perfectionism Flaubert brought to his writing hasn’t as yet turned his literary classic into a compelling film.
Anne Fontaine approaches the problem from a different angle, recruiting Posy Simmonds to adapt her own graphic novel Gemma Bovery, a...
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