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'Madame Bovary' returns to speak to modern condition in two distinct films

'Madame Bovary' returns to speak to modern condition in two distinct films

It would seem unlikely that a story about a 19th century young French woman escaping her marriage and tedious provincial life by embarking on scandalous affairs would have much appeal to 21st century audiences. But in this case the woman in question is Gustave Flaubert's flawed but fascinating Madame Bovary, and she is the subject of two new movies that deal with her fictional life in very different ways. Emma Bovary may not have the woman-warrior appeal of a Katniss Everdeen or the aspirational drive of Peggy Olson, but her character still speaks to modern audiences, noted Sophie Barthes, whose version of "Madame Bovary" starring Mia Wasikowska opens June 12. CLASSIC...

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