Madame Bovary
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"Chabrol's ostensibly placid version of Madame Bovary invests Flaubert's portrait of stifled womanhood with unmistakable flintiness. It chafes against the beautiful images with perfect irony."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The beautiful Isabelle Huppert never quite catches the Flaubert vibe."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Treating this 19th century novel with tender loving care and just the right emphasis, director Claude Chabrol has made it speak to our times."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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