Based upon the classic novel from Gustave Flaubert, The Sins of Madame Bovary stars Italian movie goddess Edwige Fenech in one of her earlier starring roles, as the titular (and titilating) aristocrat, bored with her perceived tedium and sterility.
Turning to the adulterous affairs which ultimately prove her undoing, Fenech’s Bovary is at once likable, sympathetic and despicable, turning in her usual solid performance with an innate talent which would, as always, belie her model good looks and sex symbol smolder.
The Sins of Madame Bovary may seem a bit ‘off’ to most Fenech fans, however, given the fact that most are probably used to seeing the actress star in her trademarked sleazy genre fare. Whether it was the giallo, the poliziotteschi or the sex comedy, Fenech’s legions of fans and admirers probably aren’t used to her starring in such a straight forward vehicle as Madame Bovary.
Yet, this doesn’t mean make the film’s end results any less enjoyable for fans of silver age cinema, as The Sins of Madame Bovary proves throughout its authentic costuming, gorgeous scenery, sweeping orchestral score and classic cinematography. More ‘chick flick’ charm than boys club bounce, The Sins of Madame Bovary is nevertheless a treat for Fenech followers who wish to see their queen in a more straight laced setting.