Flaubert’s tale of infidelity falls flat

Cinema: Gemma Bovery. Directed by Anne Fontaine. Selected, cert 15A. Rating: **.

21st August, 2015
Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack examines the strange life of the Angulo brothers, who have been raised in almost total isolation in their parents’ apartment in New York.

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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