Martin is an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster, more or less willingly transformed into the baker in a Norman village. All that remains of his youthful ambitions is a lively imagination and just as lively a passion for great literature, Gustave Flaubert in particular. We can sense his excitement when an English couple with bizarrely familiar names moves into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behaviour also seems to be inspired by Flaubert's heroes. For the creator lying dormant in Martin, what an opportunity to manhandle not only his daily dough, but the fates of flesh and blood characters too! But pretty Gemma Bovery has not read the classics, and is intent on living her own life.

For “Gemma Bovery”, Anne Fontaine has turned to graphic novelist Posy Simmonds, whose update of “Far From the Madding Crowd” provided Stephen Frears with the story for his film “Tamara Drewe” four years ago. This time it is not Thomas Hardy who provides the source material; instead, Gustave Flaubert’s novel of romantic yearning, “Madame Bovary”, is the inspiration for another imaginative recasting of a timeless masterpiece. Not only do both films have Posy Simmonds in common, they also share the lithesome Gemma Arterton.

France 2014