Gemma Bovery

One of the few missed opportunities for me from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival from Anne Fontaine (the writer/director of Coco Before Chanel),  By

click to enlarge Niels Schneider and Gemma Arterton in 'Gemma Bovery'
Niels Schneider and Gemma Arterton in 'Gemma Bovery'

One of the few missed opportunities for me from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival from Anne Fontaine (the writer/director of Coco Before Chanel), Gemma Bovery dances along the demarcations that seek to define comedy, drama and romance. The story’s perspective belongs to Martin (Fabrice Luchini), a former urban Parisian now living in a small village and working as a baker who encounters an English couple settling into a nearby farm. The couple — Gemma (Gemma Arterton) and Charles (Jason Flemyng) — happen to bear the names of Gustave Flaubert’s classic characters and Martin comes to believe that their behavior seems eerily similar as well, which leads him to a more intimate study of their lives, complete with all manner of complications. Bovery will likely be a must-see for fans of the French bedroom farce, a far more sly and sexy affair than the broad silliness that dominates American rom-coms. (Opens Friday at Mariemont Theatre) (R) Not screened in time for review