I Am Not Madame Bovary ★★★★

A little panic at first re: the circular aspect ratio, but it really works. A beautifully framed film. Fan Bingbing gives a wonderfully natural performance but she's no Gong Li. As a sort of updated Story of Qiu Ju, the comparison is unavoidable. There's a lot of expository dialog that moves at a grandfatherly pace, but I never really understood how this woman was such a thorn in everybody's side. Since the culturally twisted justice she was seeking is a great story idea I let that slide and just basked in this two hour moving painting.