In a small French village, life follows its usual routine: morning coffee, the market, freshly-baked bread. The baker Joubert is the perfect embodiment of the village’s tranquility; past his prime, he is convinced that he is now safe from the impulses of his youth. But his convictions are proved wrong by the arrival of Mr Bovery and his young English wife, Gemma, whose sensuality and restlessness are able to unsettle the mature baker.
Anne Fontaine (Luxemburg, 1959), director and screenwriter, debuted in 1993 with the feature-length Les histoires d’amour finissent mal... en général, which won the Jean Vigo Award. In 2001, her movie Comment j’ai tué mon père participated in competition in Locarno and in 2003 she directed Emmanuelle Béart in Nathalie… Her biographical movie about Coco Chanel, Coco avant Chanel, was nominated in various categories for the César and BAFTA awards and was a box office success, as was her next film, My Worst Nightmare, a comedy starring Isabelle Huppert and Benoît Poelvoorde.
Les histoires d’amour finissent mal... en général (1993), Augustin (1995), L’@mour est à réinventer (ep. Tapin du soir, tv, 1996), Nettoyage à sec (1997), Augustin, roi du kung-fu (1999), Comment j’ai tué mon père (2001), Nathalie... (id., 2003), Entre ses mains (2005), Nouvelle chance (2006), La fille de Monaco (2008), Coco avant Chanel (Coco avant Chanel - L’amore prima del mito, 2009), Mon pire cauchemar (Il mio migliore incubo!, 2011), Two Mothers (2013), Gemma Bovery (2014).
“I knew Posy Simmonds through Tamara Drewe and right away I had a positive feeling about Gemma Bovery: the play on words about a distorted female literary archetype seemed promising and playful to me. And when I began reading the screenplay, the characters intrigued me, I sensed the comic potential and the deep humanity, and I was struck by the author’s tone. I was interested in the improbable encounter between a baker and this young, modern Englishwoman, who ends up disrupting the life of a man who had convinced himself he was by now in control of his own desires and was living a sort of sexual and emotional ‘pre-retirement.’”
dall’omonimo graphic novel di/from the graphic novel of the same title by Posy Simmonds
Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine
Arnaud De Moleron
Brigitte Taillandier, Francis Wargnier, Jean-Pierre Laforce
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Fabrice Luchini (Martin Joubert), Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery), Jason Flemyng (Charlie Bovery), Isabelle Candelier (Valérie Joubert), Niels Schneider (Hervé de Bressigny), Mel Raido (Patrick), Elsa Zylberstein (Wizzy), Pip Torrens (Rankin), Kacey Mottet-Klein (Julien Joubert)
Philippe Carcassonne, Matthieu Tarot
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