Monday Night Film Series presents GEMMA BOVERY-FR

Event Date(s):
February 23, 2015
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Event Details:

The Monday Night Film Series presents GEMMA BOVERY on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Tilley 102, UNB.

For the source of her latest film, director Anne Fontaine has turned to graphic novelist Posy Simmonds, whose update of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd provided Stephen Frears with the story for 10’s Tamara Drewe. This time, Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel of romantic yearning, Madame Bovary, is the basis for another imaginative recasting of a timeless masterpiece.

Embracing the melancholy of Flaubert’s book while placing it against the bucolic wonders of the verdant Norman landscape, Gemma Bovery orbits around its young, married protagonist, in this telling an Englishwoman (Gemma Arterton) who moves to a small French village with her husband (Jason Flemyng). Another recent arrival is Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini), a baker who has fled Paris, along with his long-suffering wife, in search of stability and equilibrium. Martin rapidly takes a proprietary interest in the English beauty and falls under the spell of her charm. Gemma’s passionate nature is illserved by her husband, and it’s not long before her eye starts to wander.

Fontaine’s film is not just an incisive look at a young woman confronting a series of key choices in her life as she loses her head in a fit of passion: in her clever revision of the Flaubert original, she portrays Joubert as a man completely aware of the narrative of Madame Bovary, and who makes awkward and self-conscious interventions in an attempt to change that story. Luchini is perfect as the wary, lovelorn baker, while Arterton — who also starred as the title character in Frears’ film — fits the role of her namesake to perfection. As both the object and subject of love, she glides into her role with effortless aplomb.

The time period and spelling may be different, but Gustave Flaubert’s most famous creation is very much alive in Gemma Bovery, a breezy postmodern update of the classic novel that replaces the book’s darker passages for tonguein- cheek laughs and plenty of eye candy. —Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

This term, 13 limited-release, independent foreign & Canadian films will be shown. Admission is $7/film, but a yearly $12 student film society membership reduces admission cost to $4/film. The series is open to all. Memberships are available at Tilley 102 every Monday night.

For further info, contact NB Film Co-op 455-1632

The NB Film Co-op in partnership with the UNB Faculty of Arts and the Toronto Film Festival presents the series.

Building: Tilley Hall

Room Number: 102


Tony Merzetti
1 506 455-1632