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“A wonderful sense of ensemble acting… [an] excellent performance by Frances O’Connor.”--Daily Mail
Marriage to the reliable but unexciting Charles, a provincial doctor, has left Emma feeling unfulfilled and leads her to look elsewhere for satisfaction.
She embarks on a series of affairs and, since this glamorous lifestyle demands more money than Charles can provide, she runs up enormous debts with a devious local tradesman, Lheureux. It seems that Emma’s fantasies may lead to her destruction – unless beauty, self-belief and ambition can help her survive.
Bored, frustrated and desperate for romance, Emma Bovary is in pursuit of passion….
Selfishly amoral as Emma Bovary is, and even though her motivation is sometimes unfathomable in this version, we do feel for her plight and the story develops with cumulative power--though a ridiculous sex scene against a tree doesn't help. This is at least the 10th screen adaptation, the 1949 Hollywood take and the 1991 French version by Claude Chabrol being particularly notable. The story is a predecessor of Jules et Jim (1962) and Betty Blue (1986), and inspired David Lean's great film, Ryan's Daughter (1970). This current version has a dark visual beauty and a powerful central performance by Frances O'Connor but a brisker pace and sharper psychological insight might have transformed a polished entertainment into a television classic. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Being french and loving Flaubert, I enjoyed this movie very much. However sometimes it is a little too long specially when Emma is with her lovers. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Roger Paul