The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil

DVD - 2007
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Set in the 1920s. A young English couple, Walter a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, get married for all the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai. Kitty falls in love with someone else. When Walter discovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China that is being ravaged by a deadly epidemic. He takes his wife along and their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.

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The cinematography, costumes, and art direction were stunning. Truly stunning. A beautiful thing to watch. However, the plot was sluggish and the acting quite wooden.

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garycornell
Dec 27, 2016

Every part of the movie is breathtaking! The cinematography is amazing and the acting is just as great. You will feel like your in the back country of China many years ago. Please see this movie if you missed it when it originally came out!

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slbaker48
Jun 16, 2016

This is a visually stunning film to view. China is shown as both beautiful and harsh at the same time. When the film is done I was left feeling sad yet also impressed with the depth of their commitment to each other. Yes, it is for the romantic, but the cinematography is enough for others that are not so romantic to enjoy.

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MarionAn
Mar 21, 2015

Yes, a film I return to every so often, and feel a wistful affection for. It has astonishingly great cinematography, and one of the most poignant love stories of modern times (I also loved The English Patient cave scenario as a poignant love story). Edward Norton is riveting, as you explore whether he suffers from an undisclosed neurological condition or simply a most disappointed and cold heart? And my feelings about Naomi Watts' Kitty change as I see her changing, almost feeling her devastation at the end.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 10, 2015

This is a love story with all the phases - love, marriage, infidelity, vengeance and reconciliation. Both lead actors did well under the direction of John Curran. The beautiful scenery of rural China is an additional bonus. A good one for the romantic.

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akirakato
Feb 17, 2015

This is a 2006 American drama directed by John Curran, based on the 1925 novel of the same title by W. Somerset Maugham.
It is the third film adaptation of the Maugham book, following a 1934 film starring Greta Garbo and Herbert Marshall and a 1957 version called "The Seventh Sin" with Bill Travers and Eleanor Parker.
As nicely directed by John Curran, this third movie version turns the novel's infectious dullness into a heart-wrenching yet fascinating romance.
It also gives you ample opportunity to spend time with Naomi Watts, whose remarkable performance helps keep the dying romance alive.
Edward Norton's acting also turns out superb with a petty cruelty that makes his character’s emotional thaw and Kitty’s predicament all the more poignant.
Although it seems to fall into an abyss of sentimentality, the film has moments that appear mere transitions to propel the plot, and it manages a charming historic portrait without insulting your lack of historical knowledge.
After all, the film has the power and intimacy of a timeless love story in the eye-catching and picture-postcard-like settings.

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Nursebob
Jan 31, 2015

It is England, 1925, and Kitty, a self-centred young socialite is about to marry an adoring, though emotionally repressed doctor in order to appease her stuffy upper-class family. Immediately after the wedding he takes her back to Shanghai, China where he’s been working in a local medical laboratory. It isn’t long before she finds the love she craves in the arms of another man leaving her husband disillusioned and bitter. As an apparent act of revenge he threatens to expose her adultery unless she accompanies him to a remote village where an outbreak of cholera is decimating the local population. It’s here, amidst a backdrop of natural beauty and human misery that they are finally able to take the first tentative steps towards a reconciliation. This is a gorgeous old-style tearjerker full of lush cinematography and exotic locales. Naomi Watts and Edward Norton are perfectly paired as the unhappy couple who long for affection even as they inflict pain upon one another. There is a synergy between them in which a casual glance can convey a sad reproach or a subtle eroticism. In fact the entire cast is completely convincing which makes the final scenes all the more powerful. A beautiful fusion of sublime imagery and succinct dialogue that rings true right up to the final credits.

ccooffeee Sep 29, 2014

Edward Norton+Naomi Watts ummmm this is a great film.

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wiredonjava
Apr 22, 2014

A loveless marriage, a cowardly lover, a cholera outbreak...can anything good come out of this? Excellent film. Watched it twice.

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mahallett
Dec 03, 2013

the movie was pretty good until they changed the story. i don't remember chinese rebellion, a reconciliation. the meeting with lover boy was quite different.

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NanaPat
Mar 07, 2011

Dr. Walter Fane ( Eddward Norton) takes his beautiful young wife to a cholera-ravaged village deep in China. It was to be her punishment for having an affair.
The film which is based on W.Somerset Maugham's novel was filmed in China. It's a portrait of volcanic emotions in a realtionship between a man and woman ; set against the drama of a nation in turmoil.

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spicefamily
Oct 11, 2010

Set in 1955, this movie is a love story with a twist.

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NanaPat
Mar 07, 2011

NanaPat thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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NanaPat
Mar 07, 2011

Sometimes the greatest journey is the distance between two people.

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