Gemma Bovery

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Alliance Française French Film Festival 2015 - Opening Night

Gemma Bovery

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 10 April 2015

When an English couple named Gemma and Charles Bovery move into a small Normandy town, Martin Joubert, the baker and resident Flaubert fan, can’t believe it. Here are two real life figures who seem to be replicating the behaviour of his favourite fictional characters right before his eyes.

This charming retelling of the classic Madame Bovary story is a visual feast, from the picturesque countryside to the so-good-you-can-almost-taste-it patisserie. Gemma Arterton is the playfully updated version of France’s most famous heroine with Fabrice Luchini as the smitten baker and film’s narrator. Complications ensue when Gemma meets a dashing aristocrat – just as the plot unfolds in the book.

Skilfully directed by Anne Fontaine, who also made the similarly sumptuous Coco Before Chanel, Gemma Bovery is based on the popular graphic novel by Posy Simmonds. Balancing real sensuality and hilarious one-liners, this is an endearing film about the dangers of stirring passions, with Arterton radiant as the titular bored housewife and Luchini delightful as always in the role of the comically obsessed baker.

Toronto International Film Festival 2014 – Special Presentations

“A jewel of humour and intelligence…beautifully performed.” – La Croix

Country: France
Classification: MA15+ – Strong Sex Scene

Dates & Times:
Friday 10 April 7pm
Opening Night drinks at 7pm. The film will commence at 7:30pm.

Directed by:
Anne Fontaine

Fabrice Luchini
Gemma Arterton
Jason Flemyng
Isabelle Candelier
Niels Schneider


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Approximately 99 minutes

Ticket Prices

Sidekick Members $21.50
Adult $25.50

Transaction fees apply

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