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Madame Bovary

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  • Actors: Lucas Belvaux, Isabelle Huppert, Christophe Malavoy, Jean Yanne
  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, French
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: P.F.A. Films
  • Run Time: 137.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060SA9RA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,960 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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emma, giovane ed irrequieta figlia di un agricoltore francese, sposa il dottor charles bovary. questo matrimonio, malgrado la bonta' e le premure di un marito fedele e affezionato, e la nascita di una bambina, berthe, va in crisi. sempre annoiata, un po' altezzosa, amante dei begli abiti e insofferente dell'uggia familiare, emma accetta con speranza che charles si trasferisca a thionville. conosciuto l'assistente di un notaio, leon, flirta con lui; partito leon per parigi, resta affascinata dai modi e dalle insidiose parole del marchese rodolphe boulanger e ne diviene l'amante. charles continua ad adorare la moglie, che nel frattempo e' caduta nelle grinfie di un ricco commerciante di stoffe, strozzino e ricattatore. poiche' madame bovary ama il lusso, i debiti contratti con costui (per suo consiglio lei e' riuscita perfino a farsi rilasciare dal marito una procura) conducono emma al disastro. con provvedimento del tribunale, su richiesta del creditore, i beni del dottore vanno sotto sequestro. rodolphe, che a suo tempo si era rifiutato di portare emma a parigi con se', rifiuta ora di darle del denaro per impedire l'esecuzione del sequestro. frattanto ricompare leon - da sempre innamorato di lei - ed emma cede anche a lui, andando spesso in carrozza a rouen (sotto il pretesto di assister a rappresentazioni di opera lirica), con il consenso del consorte, ignaro della tresca. anche al giovane emma, disperata, chiede un prestito, ma non ne ottiene che vaghe promesse. assillata dagli eventi e respinta dagli amanti, emma induce un apprendista che lavora in farmacia a darle dell'arsenico. e non le resta che il suicidio, davanti al marito sbigottito e incredulo che ancora l'ama teneramente.

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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2002
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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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2003
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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By M. Joyce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2013
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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I think this is by far the best film version of the classic story. And most of the credit goes to the great Isabelle Hupert, who conveys the frustrations of a woman entirely under the control of men, brilliantly. It's exceptionally good and leaves the latest version looking sorely lacking in every department except the photography. If you love the book, and sympathize with the the conflicted, complex heroine, this is the one to watch. The scene where she cracks under the pressure of her impulsive decisions is a knockout.
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I was not familiar with the story upon watching this but was completely mesmerised by Isabelle Huppert's portrayal. One of only two films I've seen by Chabrol, the other being Le Boucher (his homage to Hitchcock), both were excellent.
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