Gemma Bovery, directed by Anne Fontaine
It is all too easy for Gemma to fall into the arms of Hervé de Bressigny, who as the son of the local nobility back in the area to study for his law exams is an amalgamation of both Rodolphe and Léon, played with entitled ease by Niels Schneider (J'ai tué ma mère). Gemma's dissatisfaction with the provincial small-mindedness of her neighbors is conveyed through the petty status consciousness of Wizzy and Rankin, a French woman and Englishman played with nouveau-riche empty-headedness by Elsa Zylberstein (Farinelli) and Pip Torrens (Bel Ami). Some of the best dialogue in the film is spoken by Luchini, as Joubert defends French socialism with curmudgeonly obstinacy against Rankin's capitalist rhetoric, or as he chastises his son, who appears to like video games more than books -- "It would be better if you took drugs rather than saying such dumb shit," Joubert tells his son at the dinner table -- all under the supercilious disapproval of his shrewish wife (Isabelle Candelier).
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This film opens today at area theaters, including Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema.