Chabrol's Bovary begins with sensorial scenes that travel through time: but quite doesn't keep up with this achievement: it gets lost as the story progresses. Still a heart-filled play by Hupert - as always she is stunning. At the end, Bovary is always a fine story to watch and this adaptation does enough with it.
Is it ironic to expect fidelity from a film adaptation of Madame Bovary? In any case there's no more faithful adaptation. Chabrol is showing off his close reading skills. He attempted following camera directions from Gustave himself (until it didn't work) . Huppert makes surprising choices, but comes off as too withdrawn. It captures the coldness of the source, but none of the warmth. Bonus points for the gross-out.
One of my favorite films by this director. Huppert is the whole film. This is the best version of Madame Bovary I have seen. Huppert gives it her all. I read in an interview that her mother died during the production of this film. Her emotions are (as always) so real, but it gives you an interacting fact to think about as you watch this beautifully made film.
19th century extra-marital affairs, Chabrol style, an ideal choice to adapt Flaubert's novel it seems. Evocative period setting complete with costuming. There is a growing sense of inescapable urgency throughout, building towards the inevitable but Huppert's closed cinematic personality may, for once, be preventative rather than a plus point.