Wednesday 13 November 2019

Gemma Arterton tells how she learned French while making Gemma Bovery

Gemma Arterton and Jason Flemyng attending the UK premiere of Gemma Bovery at Somerset House, London
Gemma Arterton and Jason Flemyng attending the UK premiere of Gemma Bovery at Somerset House, London

Gemma Arterton revealed she managed to learn fluent French while making her new film Gemma Bovery.

The former Bond girl looked stunning in a cropped mini-dress with bright green heels as she walked the red carpet at London's Somerset House with co-stars Jason Flemyng and Mel Raido at the premiere tonight.

Gemma Bovery is based on the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds and is a modern day reimagining of Flaubert's 19th century novel, Madame Bovary. It sees Gemma move to a farmhouse deep in the French countryside with her older husband, where the local baker cannot help noticing the parallels between her life and that of Flaubert's famous literary heroine. When she begins an affair with a handsome young aristocrat, the baker begins to worry she will meet the same fate as Madame Bovery.

Arterton, who is dating French director Franklin Ohanessian, revealed: "Before the film I didn't speak any French, and when I got sent the script I couldn't speak anything. And then I learnt French and now I speak French."

The film involves some very racy love making scenes, but Gemma insisted she had no problem shooting them.

"They made it very comfortable for me!" she laughed.

Flemyng plays Arterton's husband in the film and admitted he took the part to enjoy a trip to France.

He said: "The choices I make about the work I do is generally geographical, rather than script-based. Filmmaking is an alchemy where you can't tell how a film's going to turn out, so unless you are doing something, being somewhere you've never been or with people you want to be with, I tend not to make those choices. So Northern France, Gemma Arterton, that was good enough for me.

"We spent nine weeks in France together, the two English characters, so we had dinner together, we went running together. It was an amazing experience."

Arterton starred in another adaptation of one of Simmons graphic novels, Tamara Drewe, in 2010.

Gemma Bovery opens in cinemas on Friday August 21 2015.

It was premiering at pop-up outdoor cinema Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House which runs until August 19 and will also see the premiere of Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E.tomorrow night.

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