While Valerie and Martin lie in bed arguing about the banality of Madame Bovary, Valerie is reading a biography of François Mauriac. Mauriac's most famous novel Thérèse Desqueyroux also deals with a bored, unhappy woman in the back province, but this one attempts to poison her husband with arsenic.
This will only end badly
Martin Joubert: There is a moment when life imitates art
Martin believes that his next neighbor is Russian, but she's really from Rouen. When he meets Madame Mercier he's so surprised by her fluent French that he asks where she learned it. "At school like everyone else" she misleadingly replies, when in fact she would've learned her native tongue as a small child from her parents.
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