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REVIEW: Mia Wasikowska stars in Madame Bovary

Aussie starwalt, Mia Wasikowska returns to her period-drama roots in touching new film, writes Shahbaz Malik.

Based on the classic romantic novel of the same name, Madame Bovary tells the story of Emma Bovary (Wasikowska), a woman succumbed to a boring and unhappy marriage who does all she can to pursue her utmost desires, no matter the cost.
Directed by Sophie Barthes, Madame Bovary opens in a moody and dark fashion that instantly shocks and grabs viewer’s attentions. While also raunchy at times for a period drama, it gives off a true exploration of the struggles Emma is forced to deal with.
Emma aspires to live life to its fullest, wanting the utmost highest quality life.
In achieving these aspirations, she turns to Monsieur Lheureux (Rhys Ifans) to gain the more materialistic side of it all. Emma puts all her lush items on struggling doctor and husband’s credit, thus marking the beginning to her downfall.
The film marks Wasikowska’s fifth period drama set in the 19th century and she does not disappoint. She really captures the inner struggles of the courageous Emma, plus she absolutely nails her American accent.
Wasikowska as Emma Bovary.
Ezra Miller’s Leon (Perks of Being a Wallflower) plays into the equation as one of her few lovers; he represents a more romantic and poetic partner than her rather rigid and dry husband. Although despite this, it’s quite a shame that Mia and Ezra’s chemistry feels more like a friendship rather than a hot and steamy love affair.
With all her problems mounting and a continued return to her unsatisfying home life, will Emma ever be able to find true happiness?
You’ll just have to watch to find out.
Verdict: Madame Bovary is a superbly crafted film that captures the true essence of the human struggle. It begs the question, what does it truly mean to be happy with one's self? A must watch these Christmas holidays.
Madame Bovary is available now on digital. Yours on Blu-ray & DVD November 26.
Watch the trailer here.

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