Based on Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel of the same name, “Gemma Bovery” is a cinematic adaptation of Flaubert’s classic, anti-romantic novel “Madame Bovary.” The film revolves around British beauty Gemma (Gemma Arterton) who moves to a provincial French town with her husband Charles Bovery (Jason Flemyng). There, she befriends local baker Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini), who sets out to be her mentor.
In the trailer, we see how clearly the plot mirrors that of Flaubert’s novel. What makes this adaptation fresh, however, is that Joubert is apparently a fan of “Madame Bovary” and is fully aware of the parallels between the novel and this woman’s life. It should be interesting to see how this self-awareness unfolds throughout the film.
“Gemma Bovery” opens May 29 in select theaters. Check out the trailer above.