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July 24–30, 2015

Chicago Encore

Madame Bovary

Film still: Madame Bovary
"Measured and absorbing"
"Mia Wasikowska is superb"
  —New York Daily News
3 stars "[The film] has a gem of a performance at the center"
  —The Dissolve

Gustave Flaubert's classic novel Madame Bovary became a bestseller following a trial for obscenity in 1857. In director Sophie Barthes' sumptuous adaptation of the novel, Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) stars as the impulsive young beauty Emma Bovary whose desperation to escape the dullness of provincial life leads her into forbidden fantasies through a series of indiscreet seductions and adulterous affairs with damaging consequences. In keeping with her source Barthes goes to great pains to recreate an authentic nineteenth century world, and the movie is visually exquisite without ever becoming merely ornamental. Above all, we have Wasikowska, a wonderful actress essaying one of the most challenging and confounding women in literature. Also starring Paul Giamatti and Rhys Ifans.

Directed by Sophie Barthes, 2014, U.S.A., 118 mins.


  • Fri., Jul. 24 at 6:30 & 8:45 pm
  • Sat., Jul. 25 at 2, 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45 pm
  • Sun., Jul. 26 at 5:30 & 7:45 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Jul. 28–30 at 6:30 & 8:45 pm
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