Gemma Arterton leads this French-English romance, from the director of Coco avant Chanel. Co-stars Fabrice Luchini (In the House) as a Paris baker and family man, who takes a very keen interest in his new next door neighbour Gemma (Arterton), a passionate young Englishwoman. Adapted from the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds (who made the graphic novel that led to 2010’s Tamara Drewe, also starring Arterton).
"Gustave Flaubert's novel of romantic yearning, Madame Bovary, is the inspiration for another imaginative recasting of a timeless masterpiece... Gemma Bovery embraces the melancholy of Flaubert's great book whilst placing it against the bucolic wonders of the verdant Norman landscape. Fontaine's film naturally orbits around its young, married protagonist (Arterton) — in this telling an Englishwoman named Gemma who moves into a small French village with her husband (Jason Flemyng). Also at its centre is Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini), a baker who has only recently fled Paris, along with his long-suffering wife, in search of stability and equilibrium. Martin rapidly takes a proprietary interest in the English beauty and falls under the spell of her charm. Gemma's passionate nature is ill-served by her husband, and it's not long before her eye starts to wander." (Toronto Film Festival)