|Out on:||DVD 24th April 2017|
A lavish, sensuous and iconic adaptation of the classic novel by Gustav Flaubert, with a stunning all-star cast including Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti and Rhys Ifans.
Young beauty Emma Bovary impulsively marries a small-town doctor in order to leave life on her father's pig farm far behind. She soon becomes bored with her mundane life, and seeks prestige and excitement outside her marriage.
Upon meeting the romantic Leon Dupuis, who infects her with wanderlust, and the seductive Marquis, who steals her heart, Emma recklessly pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever the price might be…
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Award-winning director Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary, described by Indie Wire as “exquisitely crafted”, breathes new life into a Gustav Flaubert’s timeless classic about a young woman throwing off the shackles of conformity only to discover the pursuit of passion comes at a cost.
Barthes has assembled a fantastic cast for this ravishing period piece, garnering a brilliantly subtle and affecting lead performance from Mia Wasikowska, an actress who goes from strength to strength in films like Jane Eyre, Crimson Peak and Maps to the Stars.
Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin) exudes charisma as the poetic and romantic Leon, a legal clerk who distracts Emma Bovary from her seemingly loveless marriage, and woos her with his tales of travelling beyond the confines of the small, stifling village to the wonders of Paris.
Also making appearances are Paul Giamatti (who starred in Oscar-winner Sideways, and appeared in Barthes superb debut film Cold Souls) and Notting Hill’s Rhys Ifans (splendid as the persuasive salesman Monsieur Lheureux).
Beautifully filmed and scored, gently erotic, and with a mesmerising central performance from Wasikowska, this is a fresh and fascinating take on the classic novel, and a prescient story about what happens when a woman breaks away from what is expected of her.
“A classy period piece" Variety
“An immaculate period adaptation” Vulture
“It has a gem of a performance at the centre” The Dissolve
“Exquisitely crafted” Indie Wire
“Majestic and enchanting” The Hollywood News