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Madame Bovary (Repackaged) [DVD] [2000]

Frances O'Connor , Hugh Bonneville , Tim Fywell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Frances O'Connor, Hugh Bonneville, Eileen Atkins, Greg Wise, Keith Barron
  • Directors: Tim Fywell
  • Writers: Heidi Thomas
  • Producers: Tony Redston, Bernard Krichefski
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006NZ660Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,435 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Swiftly following the BBC's saga of a country doctor's daughter, Wives and Daughters (1999), comes the BBC's tale of a country doctor's wife. Madame Bovary is adapted from the great French novel by Gustave Flaubert, and recounts the story of a young woman who longs for a more passionate life than her provincial world can ever accommodate. Unwilling to accept the confines of her marriage to the steady and conventional Charles (Hugh Bonneville), Emma Bovary (Frances O'Connor) embarks on self-deluding affairs that lead to tragedy.

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

Product Description

Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert "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... Starring: Frances O'Connor, Hugh Bonneville, Eileen Atkins, Greg Wise, Keith Barron, Hugh Dancy, Trevor Peacock, David Troughton, Joe McGann, Barbara Jefford, Jessica Oyelowo, Joe Roberts, Mary MacLeod, Claire Hackett, Phillip Manikum, Willie Ross, Jenny Howe, Marian Diamond, Adam Cooper, Stanley Lebor, Desmond Barrit, Thomas Wheatley, Roy Macready. Originally broadcast in 2000


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The thinking woman's 'Desperate Housewives' 25 April 2012
By fabrice
Format:DVD
A beautiful production, excellently cast. This is the story of a young peasant frenchwoman in the late 19th century brought up in the convent atmosphere of ascetic piety and romanticism who searches ever after for romance and is brought relentlessly to earth by her life as a village doctors wife. Frances O'Connor is a delicious Emma who finds exactly the right balance between pathos and vanity to keep us guessing. This is one of the greatest, most subtle mystery stories; what should we feel about Emma Bovary, capricious wanton or oppressed romantic, victim or villain? Is she right to grasp at happiness at the expense of all who love and stifle her, or is her idea of happiness merely self indulgence and cruelty.

The music and the beautiful remote countryside echo her dreamy emotions which are exposed by the decisive characters around her. No nonsense Mme Bovary senior, the banal self important pharmacist, the shopkeeper who turns almost imperceptibly from suave to menacing are brilliantly played. Costumes are beautiful (I want to wear the dress she wears in the cathedral)with lots of corsetry and frills because this is also a story about shopping.

It is however a dark story and as Emma spirals out of control, a shocking story.

Unmissable. (Please let me know if you think she is the victim. I can never make up my mind).
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligently Done 16 Oct 2008
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Lets face it, Madame Bovary was always going to be difficult to produce. The story really centres around Dr Bovary, and Emma Bovary is his second wife, and you have to read about his first marriage until you get to Emma. Although I am a fan of Flaubert and Madame Bovary, as well as many others, I can also see where a large group of people are coming from when they say that this book is one of the most boring written.Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics) if you would like to read the book.

This production is not a straight transposition of the novel, opening as it does after Dr Bovary has lost his first wife. We see in this drama Dr Bovary getting Emma to become his second wife. Emma has been brought up spoiled by her father. Dr Bovary has been brought up by his domineering mother, and doesn't really have that much gumption. Whilst Emma fantasises about the perfect lives she reads in her novels, Dr Charles Bovary is more pratical. Stuck in the provinces Emma feels stifled and living a life full of drugdery. We must not forget that the full title of the book is Madame Bovary Provincil Lives, and that is what this drama shows. Nineteenth century life in the provinces was a much different existence from the lights and bustle of Paris.

Emma is shown sympathetically in this production, and those familiar with the book will know that a lot of women felt that Flaubert was writing about them. After all, Emma is stuck in the provinces with her husband who is always out on calls, her over bearing mother in law, and no friends or social life. She wants a life that doesn't feel stifled, she wants new clothes, she wants to enjoy herself and have romance.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mme bovary 2 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
I watched this right after finishing the novel and found it disappointing. The production lacked the dark edge and ironic humour of the book and the characterisation of Emma was all wrong. O'Conner played her as sweet, almost likeable, whereas in the novel she is cruel to her husband and child, utterly selfish and self absorbed, with a narcissistic tendency to self delusion and religiosity.

The village in the novel is a suffocating place, Emma's house is right on the road and she can see everyone go by and hear the relentless droning of the lathe maker at work. In the novel it was a lot poorer and more rural too. Flaubert wants Emma to be utterly revolted by the world in which she finds herself after her marriage. Charles, her husband, is far more clown-like and stupid than he was portrayed in the film, but Rodolphe was good and Leon too, their differences were well brought out in the film.

If you didn't know the book the film is pleasant enough and easy on the eye but the novel deserves a better, darker and far more serious interpretation.
It is hard to bring a great novel to the screen in all its complexity and richness, but this version doesn't seem to try to come close.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Madame Bovary 24 Feb 2013
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Good production with strong leading lady. Conveyed suffocating nature of French provincial life and Emma's instability very well. V much enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bovary By Brits 27 Jan 2013
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Once again, sitting by the fire(place) with the Mrs. and enjoying a great classic tale told by the British T.V. industry. This is a good, albeit uncomfortable-to-watch, classsic story of a young woman beset by her own moral and intellectual shortcomings. Hugh Bonneville dons a totally different mask than that of the father in "Downton Abbey". All of the thespians acting with Mr. Bonneville in this are superb. How do the Brits keep producing such a wealth of acting talent. You will enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional storm 8 Jan 2013
By Roy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A wonderfully performed classic which delivers this masterpiece from book to screen with skill and passion. Great acting and accomplished direction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 9 days ago by ja
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
well I really liked it as I do all the films I have and period ones are well worth watching like the tv series the musketeers better than the old films of eryly fl;yn far more... Read more
Published 5 months ago by dave wolstenholme
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the finest TV adaptation of a great novel I have ever seen
I've just watched this again for the first time since it was broadcast in 2000. But this time I watched it on a 7ft projection screen and it works even better in that 'medium' than... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Basilides
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit dated.....
........but more than holds it's own. Haven't seen any of the other 'versions', but it's nice period story. In compatability in a marriage comes to mind! Read more
Published 13 months ago by ANDREW C CHOFFIN
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
Overly long and slow going. Would not recommend and would avoid it next time. Found myself not really caring what happened to Madame.
Published 13 months ago by I A BREWSTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Madame Bovary
Thank you for this excellent DVD. It arrived sooner than promised[which I like] and perfectly packaged.
I liked the film and thank you again.
Published 13 months ago by Ms. P. H. Marshall
2.0 out of 5 stars Ummmmm
My vote is still out on this one to be honest.
I'm a huge fan of period dramas and this one is not top of the list for me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kit
1.0 out of 5 stars CURE FOR INSOMNIA
I can only liken this film to watching jelly set! If you are having trouble sleeping then I can highly recommend watching this to send you off.
Published 15 months ago by Caroline B
4.0 out of 5 stars really well acted bbc version
really well acted version of the book. Having read the book years ago in french it loses some of the imagery of literature and especially in the french language. Read more
Published 16 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars madame bovary
was very pleased to receive this dvd,it was very good value as well as being a very interesting story.I have seen another version before but i definately prefer this one .
Published 18 months ago by rosina dinah
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