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Filmography • Gemma Bovery
  • Cast Highlights:
  • Fabrice Luchini
  • Jason Flemyng
  • Niels Schneider
  • Mel Raido
  • Elsa Zylberstein
  • Character: Gemma Bovery (nee Tate)
    Production Status: On DVD & Blu-ray
    Release Date: September 10, 2014 (France)
    Director: Anne Fontaine
    Writers: Pascal Bonitzer, Anne Fontaine, Posy Simmonds
    Genre: Drama
    MPAA Rating: n/a

    Plot Outline:
    Gemma Bovery is a graphic novel written by Posy Simmonds. Originally published as a serial in The Guardian, it was published in book form in 1999.

    A reimagining of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, the story is told in flashback, detailing the tragicomic last few months in the life of the titular character, an English expatriate living in Normandy. The setting is contemporary and nods to Flaubert’s novel overt.

    Martin (Fabrice Luchini) is an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster, more or less willingly transformed into the baker in a Norman village. All that remains of his youthful ambitions is a lively imagination and just as lively a passion for great literature, Gustave Flaubert in particular. We can sense his excitement when an English couple with bizarrely familiar names moves into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behaviour also seems to be inspired by Flaubert’s heroes. For the creator lying dormant in Martin, what an opportunity to manhandle not only his daily dough, but the fates of flesh and blood characters too! But pretty Gemma Bovery has not read the classics, and is intent on living her own life…

    When Gemma’s (Gemma Arterton) ex-boyfriend (Mel Raido) returns to the Norman village in which she’s settled in, he finds out that she has since married Charles Bovery (Jason Flemyng). Gemma’s desires and duties are now at odds.

    Gemma’s Role:
    Gemma Arterton plays Gemma Bovery (nee Tate), an Englishwoman living in Normandy.

    Arterton started learning French in January 2013 and then in February this script came through, based on Madame Bovary. “For me it’s a really big challenge but I feel if I can do it then I have opened another door. I love French cinema and some of my favourite actors are French. It would be something I would really be proud of doing. I start filming that in August.” She added: “I wanted the challenge to speak another language and now it is known that I’m learning French I’ve got all these French films coming at me.”

    Gemma really committed herself to learning French. She signed up for an intensive course and credited her ‘musical ear’ for having grasped it so quickly. Then, she moved to Paris for a while: “Everyone [here] is so sweet. When they hear the English accent they go: [adopts perfect French accent] ‘Oh, c’est trop charmant, c’est trop mignon…’ and they just think it’s really cute. But knowing I’ve got to shoot a film in French (Gemma Bovery) with French actors, it’s a pressure. I write in French daily.” (Stylist – September 25, 2013)

    Speaking of her character, Gemma Arterton said: “It works well because it is an archetype that anyone can relate to. The main character is a true Emma Bovary of this day and age, she is lost, distant from everything, never happy, never satisfied. The contemporary note is that she suffers mainly from a lack of independence. She is not free, she does not know how to be herself.” The former Bond girl who became a Hollywood star finds it amusing to share her first name with the movie heroine. “I like coincidences and there are others: I had just started learning French when I was offered the script, and this French film takes me back to Posy Simmonds.” A familiar author, since she had already played the title role in Tamara Drewe, brought to the screen by Stephen Frears.

    Gemma was very pleased with the way the shooting proceeded and to work with Posy Simmonds again: “I am thrilled to be involved in another of Posy’s films. She is a formidable story-teller and creates funny and touching roles for women. We have only just completed shooting, but I am already very proud of Gemma Bovery. It was an honour to work on a French film set, and with the wonderful director Anne Fontaine. Fingers crossed it turns out well for Posy!” (November 2013)

    What attracted Gemma Arterton to Gemma Bovery is the fact that “I was fascinated by that timeless female character, who’s also very modern. I know many women my age who could recognize themselves in Emma Bovary: emotionally unfulfilled, struggling against their impulses, sharing a desire for freedom and a fear of losing the comfort, the appearances. Gemma Bovery is an Englishwoman and she ends up living this inner conflict during a stay in Normandy. It’s impossible to say what time period this film takes place: my clothes, my hair styles and the landscapes could evoke as much Flaubert’s time than the present day. And the questions remain the same. I confess that I’ve never recognized myself that much in a role.”

    Arterton says that Gemma Bovery is like her in terms of “duality, doubt. The feeling of not knowing how to handle contradictory forces. I come from humble beginnings, working class, and I lived a double adolescence: on one hand, I was the good student who spent hours reading all the novels that she could find; on the other hand, secretly, I was in a gang of aggressive punks and I dreamed of being a rock star… I decided to work in films after seeing Björk in Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier). When, later, I read Madame Bovary, I found in it the same abrupt and liberating power of punk. And even the same decadent Romanticism.” (L’Express – September 10, 2014)

    In an interview to Vanity Fair Italy on February 2015, Arterton reiterated that she and Gemma Bovery have a lot in common: “Gemma is a young woman who’s waiting for something to happen in her life, even though she doesn’t know what it is. When we shot the film, I was in a similar condition: there had been many changes in my life (including her divorce from Stefano Catelli), I felt a bit lost, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted. I believe it’s a very diffused feeling among women my age. We know that we can have everything, it’s not like in the past when the only event that a woman could expect to happen in her life was her wedding. Emma (Bovary) and Gemma (Bovery) are both married but they’re not happy, they feel like they could do better.”

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    Cast and Crew Quotes:
    • “This woman is a promise. She’s a promise who’s up to everyting that’s greatest in your desire. She’s a woman who’ll get you in a hallucinating state. She’s an atomic bomb. And I can tell you that I’ve had bombshells in the past. We’re beyond that. She enters the bakery, she takes the croissants…”
    – Fabrice Luchini (Gemma Bovery co-star)

    • “This girl is sublime, she’s an exceptional actress. She has that kind of perfection and geniality that Anglo-Saxon actors have. For two months, we didn’t talk much, and yet she understood very well who I was. When we heard ‘Action’, we were like two unconscious people who understood, loved and respected each other.”
    – Fabrice Luchini (Gemma Bovery co-star)

    • “I had seen Gemma in Tamara Drewe and, somehow, I told myself that since she had already played a Posy Simmonds character, she wouldn’t be interested. So I met other English actresses with a goal in mind: they should be sexy while speaking French. But none of the actresses I’ve met seemed to be an obvious choice. Finally, I’ve met Gemma, and since she opened the door and read a small text that she had written in French, I understood that I was dealing with an atomic bomb: she exudes an energy that we can’t help but love her. She has a warm and generous kind of beauty, that isn’t distant, even though her hesitations and her goings and comings are due to her youth and to her freshness, and not to manipulation. I didn’t even have to make her pass any auditions: she came for three months in France to immerse herself in the local culture and to work on her character. In order to avoid that her performance in French would be too wooden — which is a risk for actors who learn a foreign language –, I asked her to be constantly on the move and to be active. In the end, she arrived extremely prepared on the set, telling me that the character was close to her.”
    – Anne Fontaine (Gemma Bovery director)

    • “It’s not that I didn’t want her. I saw her in Tamara Drewe a few years ago. I thought that she was great. But it was the same author: Posy Simmonds. At first, I kind of dismissed her. I told myself: I won’t repeat an actress who has played the same author. And then, I started an audition in England, I’ve seen girls. One day I had lunch with Isabelle Huppert in Paris. I told her about my project and she asked me if I saw Gemma Arterton. I said: it’s funny you’d say that because I’ve been resisting the idea of seeing her. She told me that she saw her in Marrakesh and that she’s an incredible bombshell. When an actress with Isabelle’s talent speaks of another actress… Listening to her, I thought: you’re stupid, you have to see her. And then, it took only one second. She arrived in the office in the UK. She told me: Bonjour Anne. She had a little speech in French. I wanted to see if the French remained sexy and melodic. And then, I couldn’t resist, not even for a second. In fact, I’ve postponed the meeting.”
    – Anne Fontaine (Gemma Bovery director)

    • “The first time was at Fabrice’s. I introduced him to Gemma. Soon, after ten minutes, they spoke in a somewhat unstable French-English, since Fabrice doesn’t speak English very well, and that Gemma had just begun to learn French. And Fabrice has a dog, much like in the film, Martin Joubert has a dog. Soon, they almost laid down to to the ground, they caressed the dog, they looked at each other, something very organic, and which prefigures the sensuality that exists in their relationship later in the film, even if it’s of course a platonic relationship.”
    – Anne Fontaine (Gemma Bovery director)