Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary (1991)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 3, 1991
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
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Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

Part of the problem is that the book is full of somehow lacerating details, which a loving director must reproduce but can't help transforming into their opposites: there's no such thing as a dull antique.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Treating this 19th century novel with tender loving care and just the right emphasis, director Claude Chabrol has made it speak to our times.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

The beautiful Isabelle Huppert never quite catches the Flaubert vibe.

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