First published in serialized form in a Paris journal in 1856, Gustave Flaubert’s novel about the wife of a country doctor who engages in all sorts of extra marital shenanigans to escape the banality of her small town life was attacked by public prosecutors as obscene. Flaubert was subsequently acquitted in a 1857 trial that drew further attention to the novel, and established his reputation as a writer of note in France.
Madame Bovary is now recognized as a literary classic, and an early example of the realist school of storytelling. The novel has been adapted numerous times for movies, TV, and even opera.
Today at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Sunday July 26 at 7 p.m. a 2015 German/Belgium adaptation starring Mia Wasikowska in the title role is screening at the RPL Theatre. Here’s the trailer