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A three-part BBC adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's 1857 novel about an adulteress's quest for fulfillment. Aired on `Masterpiece Theatre' in 2000.
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Emma Rouault, expelled from convent school, yearns to experience romance. When her widowed father breaks his leg, the handsome Dr Charles Bovary is called to attend. Emma's dreams come true and soon they marry. But the discovery that married life will not bring a continuing supply of new romantic stimulation comes hard to Emma. She cannot help herself as her affections begin to wander.
Romantic, tragic and, at times, comic, Flaubert's story of the quest for fulfilment in love is an enduring classic. Madame Bovary is beautifully portrayed in this subtle and engaging adaptation. By marrying a local doctor, Emma Bovary feels that she will escape her provincial upbringing. But it is not long before she feels constrained and frustrated by married life, ignoring her devoted husband and daughter and immersing herself in romantic thoughts which lead, inevitably, to affairs.
Emma begins a double life of devoted wife and seductive mistress. When her plans for Charles to become wealthy go sour she turns to Rodolphe for escape only to discover that a ready made family does not fit with his life. A narrow escape from death leaves Emma ready to succumb to domesticity, until a visit to the Opera brings Leon back into her life.
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- Premise: A three-part BBC adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's 1857 novel about an adulteress's quest for fulfillment. Aired on `Masterpiece Theatre' in 2000. (more)
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