Gemma Bovery (film)

Gemma Bovery is a 2014 French comedy-drama film based on Posy Simmonds' 1999 graphic novel of the same name. Directed by Anne Fontaine, the film stars Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng, Mel Raido and Fabrice Luchini.[4] The film premiered in the Special Presentations section at the Toronto International Film Festival on 6 September 2014.[5]

Gemma Bovery
Film poster
Directed byAnne Fontaine
Produced by
  • Philippe Carcassonne
  • Faye Ward
Screenplay by
Based onGemma Bovery
by Posy Simmonds
Music byBruno Coulais
CinematographyChristophe Beaucarne
Edited byAnnette Dutertre
  • Albertine Productions
  • Ciné@
  • Gaumont
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
  • 6 September 2014 (2014-09-06) (TIFF)
  • 10 September 2014 (2014-09-10) (France)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
  • France

  • French
  • English
Budget$11 million[2]
Box office$4.6 million[3]


Martin (Fabrice Luchini), an ex-Parisian with a deep appreciation for Gustave Flaubert, has settled in a village in Normandy as a baker. He sees a British couple moving into an old property across the road. Their names, Gemma (Gemma Arterton) and Charles Bovery (Jason Flemyng), echo those of the leading characters in Flaubert's 1856 masterpiece Madame Bovary. Martin engages with the young couple and observes that Gemma's behaviour replicates that of her namesake, including a series of romantic and sexual liaisons that suggest she is headed for a tragic finale like that of the novel. He intervenes but cannot alter the inevitable conclusion.




Anne Fontaine confirmed in early 2013 that she would direct the film with Philippe Carcassonne and Faye Ward producing it.[4]


Principal photography took place in the summer and autumn of 2013 in France.[6]


Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 52%, based on 81 reviews, with an average score of 6/10. The site's consensus reads, "Gemma Bovery's bursts of charm -- among them Gemma Arterton's winsome performance in the title role -- are often enough to compensate for its lack of focus.".[7] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 58, based on 27 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]


  1. "GEMMA BOVERY (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. "Gemma Bovery (2014)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  3. "Gemma Bovery (2015) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. Jagernauth, Kevin. "Gemma Arterton To Star In Graphic Novel Adaptation 'Gemma Bovery'". Indie Wire. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  5. "Toronto Film Festival Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  6. "Arterton enjoyed French film set". The Argus. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  7. "Gemma Bovery (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  8. "Gemma Bovery". Metacritic.
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