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Gemma Bovery

Gemma Bovery

Frankreich 2014 - mit Gemma Arterton, Fabrice Luchini, Jason Flemyng, Isabelle Candellier ...

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Originaltitel:Gemma Bovery
Genre:Comedy, Drama
Regie:Anne Fontaine
Produktionsland:Frankreich 2014
Laufzeit:Ca. 99 min.
FSK:From 0 years
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After his dream of a great career as a publisher failed in Paris, Martin (Fabrice Luchini) returned to his small home village in Normandy to take over his father's bakery here. Although he lives in a true idyll, the literature lover is quickly bored and frustrated by the leisurely everyday life in the village. That doesn't change until an English couple moves into the house next door. Not only that the names of Gemma (Gemma Arterton) and Charles Bovery (Jason Flemyng) remind him of his favourite writer Gustave Flaubert. Gemma seems to have sprung straight from Flaubert's "Madame Bovery". The young woman fascinates Martin to such an extent that he becomes more and more involved in the parallels between her and Flaubert's novel character and wants to influence her life to such an extent that it is worthy of the literary classic. He completely overlooks the fact that Gemma has completely different dreams and desires, which has fatal consequences - not only for the marriage of the Boverys…

After she already appeared in "Immer Drama um Tamara". the object of desire in an adaptation of a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, the enchanting Gemma Arterton also took on this part in Anne Fontaine's film version of Simmonds' "Gemma Bovery". And Arterton plays the role of the somewhat naive seductress perfectly. She is supported by a wonderful Fabrice Luchini as Martin, who projects his unfulfilled passion onto Gemma, pushing her into a role she can only do justice to in his imagination. The film derives much of its appeal from the discrepancy between Flaubert's "Madame Bovery" and Gemma, who have nothing to do with their literary counterparts.

Naturally, Flaubert's novel makes use of it when it is known. But the script by Pascal Bonitzer and Anne Fontaine manages very well to make the various allusions and parallels understandable even for those viewers who haven't read the classic. Even though the lack of knowledge probably only partially reveals the actual genius of the clever original, the biting irony of the humor lends such a high entertainment value to the turbulent story that the whole thing also works perfectly detached from "Madame Bovery". When Martin tries to manipulate Gemma's life from the background and thus make himself a kind of modern Flaubert, this reveals not only his deep disappointment with his own life, but also Gemma's enormous zest for life, to which her husband Charles can only correspond to a limited extent. The complications that arise from this are initially extremely amusing and exciting, but then take on increasingly darker traits.

Which are, of course, should not be revealed. But it is revealed that Fontaine succeeds very well in harmonizing the changing tone of the story without the audience having to leave the cinema frustrated at the end. Even in the more dramatic moments she keeps up the ironic atmosphere, which also works very well thanks to the very good actors. And even if the events in the last third seem a bit depressing, at the latest the wonderful final scene makes sure that a broad grin forms on the faces of the audience.

"Gemma Bovery" may lack the last kick to turn a very good movie into a great one. But there are some too obvious lengths and small dramaturgical pendants in the middle section. But all in all Anne Fontaine has succeeded in creating a wonderfully biting comedy about literature, love, passion and obsession, which can convince with beautiful pictures, enigmatic humour and good actors. And for that there is a very clear one: Worth seeing!

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