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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #76. Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

Director: Sophie Barthes
Writers: Sophie Barthes and Rose Barreneche
Producers: Aden Films’ Barthes, Occupant Films’ Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Laura Carmichael, Olivier Gourmet, Logan Marshall-Green

Her Sundance preemed Cold Souls, a zany, wry and at times acidic wink to Being John Malkovich-like and homage to Woody Allen was an overlooked oddity that worked with discriminating tastes and received a chickpea sized reception. A long six years later, we hope that her sophomore portrait and take on an a French classic feels fresh and falls along the lines of what Wuthering Heights turned out like under Andrea Arnold’s guise. Re-teaming with her hubby dp Andrij Parekh, Madame Bovary will definitely look the part and hopefully with the Ezra Miller and Mia Wasikowska pairing will bring us characters occupying hazardous emotional spaces.

Gist: Scripted by Rose Barreneche and based on the 1856 novel by Gustave Flaubert, this story is about Emma Bovary, the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor who she married to escape her father’s pig farm and who is constantly trying to climb the social ladder by engaging in extra-marital affairs.

Release Date: Filming began late last year, so this could technically be readied for a Cannes showing – Main Competition, Un Certain Regard is not impossible.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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