I Am Not Madame Bovary

Film, Comedy
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
I Am Not Madame Bovary

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A young Chinese woman battles the system in this eye-opening political comedy-drama

The title refers to Flaubert. But Kafkaesque is probably a better way to describe this comedy-drama about one ordinary woman’s battle against the bureaucratic madness of the Chinese government to clear her reputation. Fan Bingbing (‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’) is Li Xuelian, who sets out to prove that she’s the victim of a fake divorce.

Her scoundrel of an ex has also been badmouthing her, but since the divorce papers seem authentic the court won’t take her side. So begins a decade-long campaign, carried along by Li’s grit and determination. All in all, ‘Madame Bovary’ is quite something, gradually building to a jawdropping final scene. Anyone with an interest in Chinese arthouse cinema really needs to see this.

By: Trevor Johnston

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Details

Release details

Rated:
12A
Release date:
Friday May 26 2017
Duration:
128 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Feng Xiaogang
Cast:
Feng Xiaogang
Fan Bingbing