‘Gemma Bovery’: An interesting but disturbing look at passion (Our grade: B)

Gemma Arterton and Fabrice Luchini star in "Gemma Bovery."

Gemma Arterton and Fabrice Luchini star in “Gemma Bovery.”

Mick LaSalle | San Francisco Chronicle

Fontaine’s movies tend to be about love and its dangers, the darker side of passion. And that’s what we get in “Gemma Bovery,” an entertaining and disturbing variation on Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary.”

Based on the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, it’s the story of a baker (Fabrice Luchini), living in Normandy, whose new neighbors are a British couple, Charles and Gemma Bovery. As a Flaubert fanatic, he is struck by their names’ similarity to the characters in the novel. He also finds himself with an uncomfortable attraction for Gemma (Gemma Arterton), a woman half his age. Her arrival, he says in voice-over, signals “the end of 10 years of sexual tranquillity.”

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