Madame Bovary

Synopsis: In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary). To escape boredom, she throws herself into love ...
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Claude Chabrol
Production: Republic Pictures Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
143 min

Are you the doctor?

Yes. Climb on.

Rouault's one of the richest

around here.

He broke his leg after a night's


It's that way.

His wife died 2 years ago.

His daughter runs the house now.


Follow me.

Oh, excuse me!

The doctor, father.

Doctor, I've broken my leg.

Let's have a look at it.

It's a neat fracture, nice and


I'll make you a splint.

We'll need to have some little

pads made too.

Can you do that, Emma?

This should do it.

- Will it take long to set?

- Two months.

Perhaps less. I'll call back to see


in three days.

Emma, showthe doctor out.

Good-bye, mademoiselle.

I'd like to know your name.


Pardon me?

Charles Bovary.

See you in three days, doctor.

M. Rouault. What a surprise!

Look. A doctor in Yvetot couldn't

have done better.

Even one in Rouen!


Here's what I owe you.

I don't owe you this but I'm happy

to give it to you.

You're a widower too, I hear.

Yes, for eight months now.

When I lost my poor wife...

I'd go to the fields to be alone.

I'd fall at the foot of a tree,


and raving at the good Lord.

When I thought of others holding

their dear wives...

I nearly went crazy.

I'd hit the ground with my stick. I

couldn't eat.

You won't believe me...

but the idea of going to the cafe

sickened me.

And then, slowly...

one day followed another...

spring followed winter and

autumn came after summer...

it faded away...

it drained away bit by bit...

it went away.

Stir yourself, M. Bovary.

You'll see, you'll get over it.

Yes, I'm sure I will.

Come and see us.

My daughter...

talks of you sometimes...

she says you've forgotten her.

We'll ferret out a rabbit for you,

to cheer you up.

Monsieur Charles! How kind to

come and see us.

Father's running around all over

the place, thanks to you.

Let me offer you a drink.

No, thank you.


Come on, let's drink. I'm thirsty.

I'm disturbing you...

I've had dizzy spells for a month


Would sea-bathing do me good?


That's good... for dizzy spells.

At the convent, I'd pretend to


The nuns would all rush over.

Why did you do that?

To be fussed over.

Come with me.

I like music, but the classes were

so dull.

This was a prize for arithmetic...

and this one for reading.

This one too.

My poor mother was so proud of

me with my laurels.

On the first Friday of the month...

I pick flowers from the garden for

her grave.

I'd like to live in town.

At least in winter.

There again, summer days are so

long, they're even duller.

Don't you think?

Maitre Rouault!

M. Bovary!

Maitre Rouault!

I've something to say to you.

Tell me then... Perhaps I already

know what it is.

M. Rouault...

There's nothing I'd like better...

and I expect the lass agrees...

but we must ask her opinion.

Now, this is what we'll do:

I'll go home but don't bother


All the workers are there for


It would be a shock for her.

But so as you won't fret, if it's


I'll push the shutter back against

the wall.

You can see it from behind the


Are you happy?

Yes. But I'd have liked a midnight

wedding, by torch-light.

It's a fine day.

That it is!

Charles, you have to cut it.

Go on, Charles, cut it.

Cut it, cut it!

I'm counting on you, dear...

to make my Charles happy at last.

He's so deserving.

I'll put the trap away. Wait here.

Nastasie, this is Madame.

Emma, this is Nastasie, the


I haven't cooked.

That was wise. We aren't hungry.

You can go to bed, Nastasie.

Do you want to see my surgery?

I'll see it tomorrow.

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Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert (French: [ɡystav flobɛʁ]; 12 December 1821 – 8 May 1880) was a French novelist. Highly influential, he has been considered the leading exponent of literary realism in his country. He is known especially for his debut novel Madame Bovary (1857), his Correspondence, and his scrupulous devotion to his style and aesthetics. The celebrated short story writer Guy de Maupassant was a protégé of Flaubert. more…

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