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Madame Bovary Details


Literary critics long regarded Gustave Flaubert's iconic French novel Madame Bovary as unfilmable (despite several attempts by Vincente Minnelli and others to bring it to the screen), but Nouvelle Vague architect Claude Chabrol set out to definitively prove them wrong with this Oscar-nominated feature adaptation from 1991, starring Isabelle Huppert (The Lacemaker). Huppert stars as Emma Bovary, a woman whose happiness depends exclusively on elements outside of herself. She spends her days indulging in flights of fancy and endless romantic longings, emotionally estranged from her good-natured but ignorant husband Charles (Jean-François Balmer) a physician whom she married as an escape from her landowner father's farm. Her fate seems poised to change when she meets and falls hard for Rodolphe Boulanger (Christophe Malavoy) - a lover who takes her to bed and then vows to elope with her. Pinning all of her hopes on this, she invests in a traveling costume that she's unable to afford (rendering herself completely in debt with a local millner), and plans to skip town with Rodolphe when the monies come due. Alas, Rodolphe, as it turns out, never planned to follow through with the elopement plans, and promptly abandons Emma, leaving her to face the dire consequences of her foolish decisions. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1991


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Corinne Jorry Best Costume Design 1991 Nominee


Isabelle Huppert
as Emma Bovary
Christophe Malavoy
as Rodolphe Boulanger
Jean-François Balmer
as Charles Bovary
Jean Yanne
as Monsieur Homais
Lucas Belvaux
as Leon Dupuis
Christiane Minazzoli
as Widow LeFrancois
Florent Gibassier
as Hippolyte
Marie Mergey
as Charles Bovary's Mother
Julien Dubois
Bernard Mazzinghi
François Perier
as Narrator
Jean-Marie Arnoux
Yves Verhoeven
as Justin
Claude Pascadel
André Thorent
as Doctor Canivet
Tina Sportolaro
François Maistre
as Lieuvain
Jean-Claude Bouillaud
as Monsieur Rouault
Dominique Clement
as Madame Homais
Henri Attal
as Master Hareng
Sabeline Campo
as Felicite
Jacques Dynam
as L'Abbe Bournisien
Etienne Draber
as Master Guillaumin
Jean-Louis Maury
as Lheureux
Christine Paolini
as Mother Rolet Nourrice
Gilette Barbier
as Natasie
Thomas Chabrol
as Vicomte
Pierre-Francois Dumeniaud
as Hivert
Dominique Zardi
as Blind Man


Claude Chabrol
Marin Karmitz
Gustave Flaubert
Book Author
Claude Chabrol
Jean Rabier
Matthieu Chabrol
Composer (Music Score)
Monique Fardoulis
Jacques Mollon
Set Designer
Claude Sune
Set Designer
Corinne Jorry
Costume Designer
Jean-Bernard Thomasson
Sound/Sound Designer
Cecile Maistre
First Assistant Director
Alain Wermus
First Assistant Director
Yvon Crenn
Production Manager