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Madame Bovary Details

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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

Awards

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

Cast

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
Jean-Louis Maury
as Lheureux
Jean-Claude Bouillaud
as Monsieur Rouault
Sabeline Campo
as Felicite
Yves Verhoeven
as Justin
François Maistre
as Lieuvain
Dominique Clement
as Madame Homais
Etienne Draber
as Master Guillaumin
Jacques Dynam
as L'Abbe Bournisien
Pierre-Francois Dumeniaud
as Hivert
Christine Paolini
as Mother Rolet Nourrice
Thomas Chabrol
as Vicomte
Henri Attal
as Master Hareng
André Thorent
as Doctor Canivet
Dominique Zardi
as Blind Man
Gilette Barbier
as Natasie
François Perier
as Narrator
Julien Dubois
Bernard Mazzinghi
Claude Pascadel
Tina Sportolaro
Jean-Marie Arnoux
Yves Verhoeven
as Justin
André Thorent
as Doctor Canivet
François Maistre
as Lieuvain
François Perier
as Narrator
Gilette Barbier
as Natasie
Jean-Louis Maury
as Lheureux
Christine Paolini
as Mother Rolet Nourrice
Dominique Zardi
as Blind Man
Pierre-Francois Dumeniaud
as Hivert
Thomas Chabrol
as Vicomte
Henri Attal
as Master Hareng
Sabeline Campo
as Felicite
Jacques Dynam
as L'Abbe Bournisien
Etienne Draber
as Master Guillaumin
Dominique Clement
as Madame Homais
Jean-Claude Bouillaud
as Monsieur Rouault

Crew

Claude Chabrol
Director
Marin Karmitz
Producer
Gustave Flaubert
Book Author
Claude Chabrol
Screenwriter
Jean Rabier
Cinematographer
Matthieu Chabrol
Composer (Music Score)
Monique Fardoulis
Editor
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
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