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Madame Bovary [1991] [DVD] [1993]

Isabelle Huppert , Jean-François Balmer , Claude Chabrol    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-François Balmer, Christophe Malavoy, Jean Yanne, Lucas Belvaux
  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • Writers: Claude Chabrol, Gustave Flaubert
  • Producers: Marin Karmitz
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2002
  • Run Time: 205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063BLT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gustav Flaubert's celebrated novel of obsessive ardour undergoes a dazzling retrofit for the screen, courtesy of French neurosis-master Claude Chabrol. The basic story (a woman's selfish quest for happiness ends up obliterating all she holds dear) may be the same but Chabrol's talent for biting through to the dark marrow of passion makes this a startling experience, even for people familiar with the source material or the numerous other cinematic adaptations. Casting Isabelle Huppert in the title role (she's at least a decade older than the standard conception of this wilfully tragic heroine) was a potentially risky gambit that paid off big; underneath her glorious surface lies a startling foundation of brilliant ice. The same can be said about this stunning film. Viewers intrigued by this potent actress-director pairing may also want to check out The Story of Women and the wonderful La Ceremonie. The film is in French with English subtitles. --Andrew Wright

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Isabelle Huppert plays Emma Bovary, an unfortunate provincial lady who is trapped in a boring marriage to the village doctor. She begins a series of affairs, eventually succumbing to debt and finally suicide.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C'EST MAGNIFIQUE... 5 Nov 2002
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
This is an excellent adaptation of the Gustave Flaubert novel of the same name. Isabelle Huppert is superb as the central character, Emma, a prosperous farmer's daughter, who marries a doctor, Charles Bovary (Jean Francois Balmer). He is a kind and gentle soul who adores her and wants nothing more than to make her happy. The problem is that he does not know how. Even Emma does not really know what would make her happy.
This is the story of Emma Bovary and her unhappy, wasted, shallow life. She is a woman who on the surface seems to have everything, an adoring, doting husband, a lovely, healthy daughter, an attractive well appointed home. Yet, she is unhappy. She loathes her husband, finding him pedantic and dull. She has little time for her daughter and seems to have little motherly instincts. What worldly goods she has never seem to her to be enough.
Seeking fulfillment, she takes lovers who always seem to fail her in the end. She mistakes passion for love and never fails to be disappointed when that love turns out to be fleeting, blind to the love that exists under her very own roof. As her unhappiness and dissatisfaction grow, so does the beauty of her wardrobe. Beautifully gowned and accessorized, Emma Bovary is as beautiful as she is shallow. She spends what she does not have on passing fripperies, only to have her world eventually come crashing down around her. She takes the easy way out of her self inflicted misery and, in doing so, consigns those who had the misfortune to truly love her to a doomed existence.
Claude Chabrol deftly directed this arresting period piece, exacting wonderful performances from the entire cast. Isabelle Huppert with her icy beauty is perfectly cast as Emma Bovary and gives a performance that is on the money. Jean Francois Balmer is also notable for his portrayal of her doting and supportive husband. This is an excellent film, one that is well worth having in one's collection. Period piece lovers will especially enjoy this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best so far 24 April 2013
By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" is one of the great novels of world literature and although there have been a number of film and television versions, none have quite resolved the thorny problem of the narrative voice. In the novel, Flaubert does not comment directly on his heroine's adultery, but his ironic detachment is crucial to the style of the work.

In this 1991 film version, directed by the great Claude Chabrol, there is actually a "voiceover" and this is most effective in its ironic presentation of the action.

The film is sumptuous in its depiction of French country life, but it never sacrifices realism for romanticism. It is a long film (over two hours), but it never has its longueurs. Isabelle Huppert is somehow not quite my idea of Emma Bovary, but she is, of course, a magnificent actress and the supporting actors are all superb.

This is as good a film version of "Madame Bovary" as you are likely to find.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CES'T MAGNIFIQUE... 27 Jan 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is an excellent adaptation of the Gustave Flaubert novel of the same name. Isabelle Huppert is superb as the central character, Emma, a prosperous farmer's daughter, who marries a doctor, Charles Bovary (Jean Francois Balmer). He is a kind and gentle soul who adores her and wants nothing more than to make her happy. The problem is that he does not know how. Even Emma does not really know what would make her happy.
This is the story of Emma Bovary and her unhappy, wasted, shallow life. She is a woman who on the surface seems to have everything, an adoring, doting husband, a lovely, healthy daughter, an attractive well appointed home. Yet, she is unhappy. She loathes her husband, finding him pedantic and dull. She has little time for her daughter and seems to have little motherly instincts. What worldly goods she has never seem to her to be enough.
Seeking fulfillment, she takes lovers who always seem to fail her in the end. She mistakes passion for love and never fails to be disappointed when that love turns out to be fleeting, blind to the love that exists under her very own roof. As her unhappiness and dissatisfaction grow, so does the beauty of her wardrobe. Beautifully gowned and accessorized, Emma Bovary is as beautiful as she is shallow. She spends what she does not have on passing fripperies, only to have her world eventually come crashing down around her. She takes the easy way out of her self-inflicted misery and, in doing so, consigns those who had the misfortune to truly love her to a doomed existence.
Claude Chabrol deftly directed this arresting period piece, exacting wonderful performances from the entire cast. Isabelle Huppert with her icy beauty is perfectly cast as Emma Bovary and gives a performance that is on the money. Jean Francois Balmer is also notable for his portrayal of her doting and supportive husband. This is an excellent film, one that is well worth having in one's collection. Period piece lovers will especially enjoy this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A COMPLETE STORY 23 Oct 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
FILMS QUITE OFTEN ARE NOT COMPLETE. I THINK THIS FILM IS. THROUGH A COURT CASE IT DESCRIBES THE LIFE OF A DELUSIONAL GIRL AND HER TUSSLES WITH HER TRYING TO BETTER HER LIFE. MANY ASPECTS PLEASE ME. JENNIFER JONES, HER DANCING TO EXHAUSTION, JAMES MASON'S BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND MUCH MORE. A VERY GOOD WATCH , WITH ALL THE CAST IN FINE FORM.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 11 Jun 2014
Format:DVD
This is a top-quality film based on Flaubert's novel. It moves along at a slow and steady pace, so make sure you are in a relaxed mood and ready to spend some time with the characters.

Isabelle Huppert is very convincing in the role of the romantic but frustrated wife of a small-town doctor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dated - not worth the price
Watched it last night - took it out of a sleeve indicating it came free with the Daily Mail. I can't believe how much it's fetching here! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Magali
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the French Hitchcock
The director Claude Chabrol is known as the French Hitchcock, and based on that, and the fact that I have seen at least 2 of his other films I watched this expecting at least some... Read more
Published 20 months ago by S J Buck
3.0 out of 5 stars Mind numbingly boring!!!
I ordered this film based on the enthusiastic reviews of two reviewers on Amazon. I am a foreign film lover and particularly like French films, so I went for it. Read more
Published on 10 July 2007 by S. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated but boring.
I have to agree that this is a slightly boring film. I found virtually every character in the film just about repulsive. Mr. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Extras advertised are not Translated into English
Having just enjoyed the film, we were eager to take in the interview with Isabelle Huppert and of course the comments by Chabrol himself, (the night before we'd done the same with... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Follow line by line the book with no imagination
The book made me dream, the film is the dull reality. Where is the spirit of the film making? The book is all essence & atmosphere of love and cruelty of love. Read more
Published on 18 July 2000
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