Mia Wasikowska stars in this adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel, Madame Bovary. Wasikowska plays Emma Bovary, the mentally and sexually frustrated wife of a simple doctor. She’s thrust into a very common, ordinary life, but she yearns for much more. Her romanticism results in Madame Bovary indulging in extramarital affairs and living beyond her means.
Emma’s husband Charles, who she resents throughout the novel, is played by Henry Lloyd-Hughes. Ezra Miller and Tom Hardy look-a-like Logan Marshall-Green appear in the trailer as Madame Bovary’s lovers, Leon Dupuis and The Marquis. Rhys Ifans plays Monsieur Lheureux, the merchant who keeps lending The Bovarys money, leading to their insurmountable debt.
The novel isn’t nearly as hot and steamy as the trailer would suggest. But, by 1850s standards, it was bad enough to get Flaubert formally charged with immorality. (He was eventually acquitted.)
Madame Bovary is directed by Sophie Barthes and premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last year. Todd McCarthy wrote in The Hollywood Reporter that “Barthes brings nothing new to the familiar story” and it’s “yet another adaptation of the classic novel that falls very short.”
It does not have a release date.