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'Madame Bovary': EW review

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Madame Bovary

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
118 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/12/15
performer:
Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti
director:
Sophie Barthes
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

This umpteenth adaptation of Flaubert’s classic novel at least chooses its Emma wisely: Australian actress Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre), with her skim-milk skin and watchful intelligence, deftly captures the desperation of a young woman suffocating in the stale air of a provincial town and a passionless marriage. Still, Bovary has never been the most sympathetic heroine—greedy, impulsive, and vain, she’s essentially a Kardashian in a corset—and the version here feels both tonally mishmashed (characters’ accents, for one, veer wildly from Versailles to Van Nuys) and too truncated to quite justify its retreading. B