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I Am Not Madame Bovary

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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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.

Trevor Johnston
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Trevor Johnston

Release Details

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

Cast and crew

  • Director:Feng Xiaogang
  • Cast:
    • Feng Xiaogang
    • Fan Bingbing
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