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Gustave Flaubert's controversial novel is brought to life in this classic adaptation by Claude Chabrol starring the "ravishingly erotic" (Newsday) Isabelle Huppert.
Bored with the banalities and emptiness of provincial life in 19th century France, the fiercely sensual Emma Bovary runs up ruinous debts and purses scandalous affairs with passionate abandon. But when her excessive behavior catches up to her, the lives of everyone around her are endangered in this breathtaking film that Rolling Stone hailed as "among the year's best and most provocative films."
Also Includes the Bonus Documentary: Isabelle Huppert: Playing Life
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This is the story of Emma Bovary and her unhappy, wasted, shallow life. She is a woman who on the surface seems to have everything, an adoring, doting husband, a lovely, healthy daughter, an attractive well appointed home. Yet, she is unhappy. She loathes her husband, finding him pedantic and dull. She has little time for her daughter and seems to have little motherly instincts. What worldly goods she has never seem to ber enough.
Seeking fulfillment, she takes lovers who always seem to fail her in the end. She mistakes passion for love and never fails to be disappointed when that love turns out to be fleeting, blind to the love that exists under her very own roof. As her unhappiness and dissatisfaction grow, so does the beauty of her wardrobe. Beautifully gowned and accessorized, Emma Bovary is as beautiful as she is shallow. She spends what she does not have on passing fripperies, only to have her world eventually come crashing down around her. She takes the easy way out of her self inflicted misery and, in doing so, consigns those who had the misfortune to truly love her to a doomed existence.
Claude Chabrol deftly directed this arresting period piece, exacting wonderful performances from the entire cast. Isabelle Huppert is perfectly cast as Emma Bovary with her icy beauty and gives a performance that is on the money. Jean Francois Balmer is also notable for his portrayal of her doting and supportive husband. This is an excellent, value priced film, one that is well worth having in one's collection. Period piece lovers will especially enjoy this film.
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I saw two other versions, including the BBC version, and they went no further with Emma than to portray her as a spoiled, dissatisfied,...Read more