France 2 broadcasts this Monday evening “Emma Bovary”, a fiction adapted from the novel by Gustave Flaubert, with Camille Metayer and Thierry Godard, who looks back on the trial of the famous author.
What is it about ?
1857. Tribunal. The prosecution and the defense are ready to confront each other. In the middle, Flaubert. This is his trial. Madame Bovary is found guilty of insulting public and religious morals. The pleading begins then the novel comes to life.
Emma’s story unfolds before our eyes. The trial brings us back to reality by interstice and animates the debate on the condition of women at that time. What sentence for Flaubert? What sentence for them, for all the Emma?
Monday November 13 at 9:05 p.m. on France 2.
Who is it with?
To play the iconic Emma Bovary, France 2 called on Camille Metayer who gets her first role here, and gives the answer to Thierry Godard for the occasion. The actor known to have played Gilou in Engrenages or Raymond Schwartz in A French Village lends his features here to Charles.
Grégory Fitoussi and Julien de Saint Jean play respectively Rodolphe and Léon, Emma’s two lovers. Gustave Flaubert is interpreted by Alexandre Blazy (5th Set). Alexandre Brasseur, Laurent Stocker, Dominique Pinon and Laurent Bateau complete the distribution.
Behind the camera, we can find Didier Bivel, a director who notably worked on M’abandonne pas and season 2 of Infidèle. The screenplay is signed by Natalie Carter and Eve Castro who adapted Gustave Flaubert’s novel.
Well worth a look ?
Madame Bovary is one of the major works of French literature. Gustave Flaubert tells us the story of Emma Bovary, young wife of a provincial doctor, who binds adulterous relationships and lives beyond her means in order to try to deceive boredom and forget the mediocrity of his provincial life.
As of its publication in 1857, the novel was attacked by the prosecutors of the Second Empire who considered it immoral and obscene, which will be worth to Flaubert a trial under the charge of indictment of contempt of public and religious morals and good manners.
If the novel has been adapted more than once for television and cinema, the most memorable being the version by Claude Chabrol released in 1991, Natalie Carter and Eve Castro, the two screenwriters, offer us a committed rereading of the work. through the prism of the trial of Gustave Flaubert.
For 90 minutes, the director makes permanent round trips between the pleading and the adventures of Emma Bovary, played by Camille Metayer. Through the speech of the author’s lawyer, and the interventions of the writer himself, the message he wanted to convey by writing the novel is highlighted.
Emma is a woman who dreams of freedom, but this is hampered by the dictates of the society of the time: she exists only as a woman and a mother, her sexuality and her desires do not matter. If the novel dates from the middle of the 19th century, the issues addressed, in particular concerning the condition of women, are still as topical as ever.
Even if Didier Bivel’s fiction sometimes loses us a little in its narration, Emma Bovary offers a modern perspective on this classic work, by offering us a new reading prism.