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Archive for the ‘“Gemma Bovery”’ Category
  M.   September 11, 2014
  Nicole   September 09, 2014

Gemma is featured in the latest issue (September 04) of Obsession Magazine, French magazine supplement to Le Nouvel Observateur. Digital scans have now been added to the gallery. Please, credit our site if you repost them. :)

– Magazine Scans > Scans from 2014 > Obsession Magazine (France) – September 4, 2014

  Nicole   September 08, 2014

Gemma attended the premiere of Gemma Bovery at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday (September 06). She looked really wonderful, as usual! Several images from the event have been added to the gallery, enjoy! We thank our friend Luciana for some of them!

– Public Events > 2014 Toronto International Film Festival – “Gemma Bovery” Premiere

  M.   September 07, 2014

“The little English lady couldn’t speak a word of French. ‘I settled in Paris for several months, next to the Buttes-Chaumont'”, tells the actress, who was lodged by a French family. Anne Fontaine advised her to learn her text while doing an activity, doing the dishes or in the shower, to avoid stiffness. “My linguistic fluctuation suited the role: Gemma (Bovery) looks for the words like she looks for herself, she’s not sure of herself, she’s a stranger, who doesn’t dare to say things.” Regarding the lack of self-assurance, she admits the difference: “I have a huge self confidence. I constantly need novelty, it’s perfect being an actress. I get bored quickly.”

She knew Luchini as much as she knew the language of Molière. “The family who lodged me, they said: ‘You’ll see, he’s insane.’ I didn’t think he was such a big star in your country. I watched a TV show: ‘wow, he’s really talkative! He talks like a crazy train thrown into the night!'” Did he recite her all of Flaubert? “He knew I understood nothing. So, he refrained.”


“It’s my body, I tried to conceal it, in vain. When I’ll be in my thirties, I’ll have my body roles too.”

“When you’re busty, people want you to play sexy. Well, I’m not a prude, but I don’t want everything to become sexual.”

– Photo Gallery > Magazine Scans > Scans from 2014 > Le Point (France) – September 4, 2014

  M.   September 07, 2014

Short video of Arterton answering question at Toronto Film Festival 2014. Also on stage is director Anne Fontaine (centre) and actress Isabelle Candelier (far right). She was just asked if it is accidental that her recent films have been remakes of classics.

  M.   September 07, 2014

By Mark Adams, chief film critic

Dir: Anne Fontaine. France-UK. 2014. 99mins

An engagingly lush Gallic romantic-drama that updates Gustave Flaubert’s famous novel Madame Bovary to good effect and pitches a glowing Gemma Arterton as a young married Englishwoman finding adulterous love in bucolic Normandy, Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery is an enjoyably lightweight film given life by some engaging performances and a glorious pastoral backdrop.

Adapted from Posy Simmonds graphic novel – whose Tamara Drewe, based on Far From The Madding Crowd, was made into a film by Stephen Frears four years ago, also starring Gemma Arterton who seems to be cornering the market for such English rose roles – the film favours melancholic comedy over melodramatic drama as the lust for love sits alongside cross-channel bickering between between the French and ‘les rosbif’.

Whereas Tamara Drewe – which again has Arterton’s lead character romanced by virtually every man around her, and lusted after by a mild-mannered narrator – hit more comedy comedy sweetspots, Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery is more gently paced (reflected the mundane aspects of the novel) and therefore may find it harder to reach an audience. But it benefits from Arterton’s genuine sex appeal, which is delightfully balanced by Fabrice Luchini as her neighbour obsessed with the novel and who sees worrying links between her and the fictional heroine.

Luchini stars as genial family man Martin Joubert who has moved back to his family hometown seven years earlier to take on his father’s bakery and shop. When new neighbours move in across the road he is intrigued – Brits Charlie Bovery (Jason Flemyng) and his beautiful young wife Gemma (Arterton) have the same surname as Flaubert’s heroine, and attracted Gemma he starts strikes up a friendship brimming with sexual tension.

While he lusts after her – and even invites her to his bakery for a little bread-making session that brims with clichéd sexual energy as she lustily folds the dough while he leans over her – she may well be frustrated in her rather dull marriage bit has eyes for young and handsome Herve (Niels Schneider), who lives at the nearby chateau, rather than the doe-eyed baker.

While Gemma is overtaken with passion – and things get seriously sexy as Fontaine makes the most of Arterton’s voluptuous physique – so Joubert decides to take matters into his own hands as he decides to try and break up the relationship. But this simply pushes Gemma into the arms of another man – her former lover, played by Mel Raido – which sees Joubert confused and upset that his heroine is behaving in such a manner. But then the story never really tries to explain why Gemma moves from relationship to relationship, except to escape her dull existence and find solace through romance.

There is always a refreshing lack of pretension in Arterton’s performances, and she is unassumingly charming in Gemma Bovary. There plenty of scenes of her wandering through woods with her small dog, dressed in fluttering summer dresses and green wellington boots, and director Fontaine (who made Coco Before Chanel) is not shy on focusing on her physical charms alongside her warm friendliness.

At the same time, Fabrice Luchini is delightful as the genial baker who is mildly obsessed with this physical manifestation of his favourite fictional character. His warm, wide-eyed attraction to her is no simple middle-age lust, but more a man drawn to her simple warmth and openness. The film may lack the dramatic heft of Flaubert’s source novel – and at times finds it hard to balance humour with drama – but it is an engaging and watchable spin on a classic story.


  M.   September 07, 2014

International Correspondent
Elsa Keslassy

Gaumont has inked a raft of major pre-sales on Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery,” a romantic comedy with Gemma Arterton, ahead of its world premiere at Toronto.

Gaumont has pre-sold the film, a playful twist on Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel “Madame Bovary,” to Germany (Prokino), Benelux (Victory), Italy (Officine Ubu), Brazil (Mares Filmes), Scandinavia (Atlantic), Canada (Metropole), Middle East (Four Star), CIS (Exponenta), Greece (Odeon), Switzerland (Pathe) and South Korea (Sejong).

Arterton stars as a passionate young British woman who moves with her husband to a provincial Norman town where she meets a quirky, yet charming French baker.
Arterton plays opposite French star Fabrice Luchini, one of Gaul’s rare bankable actors.

“Gemma” was penned by Fontaine and Pascal Bonitzer, based on a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, the author of “Tamara Drewe,” which was adapted to the bigscreen by Stephen Frears and also toplined Arterton. Pic was produced by Mathieu Tarot at Albertine Productions, Philippe Carcassonne at Cine@ and co-produced by Gaumont, which also handles French distribution.

The material is proving popular, as a version of “Madame Bovary,” starring Mia Wasikowska and directed by Sophie Barthes, unspools next week in TIFF. Read More