Madame Bovary

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Product Overview


Studio Koch International
SKU 208930777
UPC 741952314493
UPC 14 00741952314493
Format DVD
Release Date 11/11/2008
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Claude Chabrol's lifelong interest in the psychological lives of women finds a perfect vehicle in Gustave Flaubert's 1856 novel, MADAME BOVARY. Isabelle Hupert, Chabrol's frequent collaborator and muse, brings a detached and icy intensity to her portrayal of Emma, an ambitious farmer's daughter suffocated by her own life. When Emma meets meek country doctor Charles Bovary (Jean-François Balmer), she sees a ticket out of her meager existence. However, the lure of marriage and motherhood is short-lived, and soon Emma senses a new set of ever-encroaching snares and limits preventing her from fulfilling the fanciful destiny she constructs for herself out of her own desires and the romance novels that fuel them. When her outlets of novels and the odd ball at the local château cease to satisfy Emma's ravenous hunger for passion and luxury, she takes matters into her own hands, embarking on a double life of domesticity and adultery. Chabrol injects the film with his patented dark humor while remaining faithful to Flaubert's stinging depiction of the narrow world of 19th-century provincial life and its clash with female desires as fleshed out by the tragic figure of Huppert's immensely complicated but very real Emma.
Rolling Stone "...Huppert is astounding....[The film] ranks among the year's best and most provocative films..." 01/09/1992 p.56
New York Times "...The movie looks splendid....Painstakingly realized..." 12/25/1991 p.13
USA Today "...Bursting with period detail..." 01/06/1992 p.2D
Claude Chabrol
Isabelle Huppert
Christopher Malavoy
Jean-François Balmer
Cast & Crew
Isabelle Huppert - Star
Lucas Belvaux - Star
Christopher Malavoy - Star
Jean-François Balmer - Star
Jean-Claude Bouilland - Star
Jean Yanne - Star
Claude Chabrol - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 3144
UPC 00741952314493
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 140 minutes
Color Color
Original Language French
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks French
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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