Monday, 16 March 2015

Fabulous and very French...Gemma Bovery Film

 
 
 
Bonjour à tous,
 
I hope that you had a fabulous weekend. Mine was spent up a scaffolding tower painting, 6 metre high walls are no fun to paint as I am finding out. I was perched on the tower whilst French Boyfriend was moving me around, not an east apparatus to move and I am not a fan of heights but the base coat is done with  two additional coats to go. 
 
We watched the Gemma Bovery film samedi soir and we both really enjoyed it.
 
I first read about it on the alliance française film festival website which had this to say about the film...
 
When an English couple named Gemma and Charles Bovery move into a small Normandy town, Martin Joubert, the baker and resident Flaubert fan, can’t believe it. Here are two real life figures who seem to be replicating the behaviour of his favourite fictional characters right before his eyes.



This charming retelling of the classic Madame Bovary story is a visual feast, from the picturesque countryside to the so-good-you-can-almost-taste-it patisserie. Gemma Arterton is the playfully updated version of France’s most famous heroine with Fabrice Luchini as the smitten baker and film’s narrator. Complications ensue when Gemma meets a dashing aristocrat - just as the plot unfolds in the book.

Skilfully directed by Anne Fontaine, who also made the similarly sumptuous Coco Before Chanel, Gemma Bovery is based on the popular graphic novel by Posy Simmonds. Balancing real sensuality and hilarious one-liners, this is an endearing film about the dangers of stirring passions, with Arterton radiant as the titular bored housewife and Luchini delightful as always in the role of the comically obsessed baker.
 
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What is there not to like about this film....a beautiful girl, a charming French man, fabulous French house filmed in the stunning French countryside.....it gets a thumbs up from me.
 
It made me want to move to Normandy and I am sure that it will you. On that note, it is back to reality I must go...
 
très bon semaine à tous, Leeann
 



6 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see it ! I don't know how I will see it but I will :)

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    1. You can probably get a copy on DVD as that is what we ended up doing as we were never free when it was showing at the cinema. It really is charming and a must for those that love France :-)

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  2. It sounds like a wonderful film. One that I will want to see. Be careful painting. I am not a fan of heights or standing on top of ladders.

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    1. Neither am I. I will be happy when it is all finished and I can start hanging chandeliers etc. Today I felt like a dolly playing in her dolls house. The boys are busy doing "boy" jobs and I am measuring for curtains...I much prefer to be a girl as I hate getting dirty!

      Leeann x

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  3. Leeann, I hope that this movie releases soon in the states, it sounds wonderful. Netflix would be even better!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. I am not sure if we have netfix in France but it sounds like a great way to watch films. We can pay to watch films via our TV subscription but it is the same price as buying a DVD and I prefer a DVD as you can watch it again if you like and then our guests can watch it if they feel like having a cosy night in.

      à très bientot, Leeann x

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