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The Painted Veil (2006)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  19 January 2007 (USA)
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A British medical doctor fights a cholera outbreak in a small Chinese village, while also being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

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Te-Ming
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Student 1
Alan David ...
Mr. Garstin
Marie-Laure Descoureaux ...
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Mary (scenes deleted)
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Lorraine Laurence ...
Sister Maryse
Gwing-Gai Lee ...
Angry Chinese Man (as Johnny Lee)
Li Feng ...
Sung Ching
Gesang Meiduo ...
Amah
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Yin Qing ...
Student 2
Ian Renwick ...
Geoffrey Denison (as Ian Rennick)
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This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late? Written by Cinema_Fan

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marriage | china | love | cholera | village | See more »

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Forgiveness comes at a price See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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19 January 2007 (USA)  »

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The Painted Veil  »

Box Office

Budget:

$19,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£261,130 (UK) (27 April 2007)

Gross:

£1,381,143 (UK) (25 May 2007)
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Edward Norton personally recruited Naomi Watts for her role in the film. See more »

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During the love scene between Kitty And Walter, Kitty takes Walter's shirt off while they are kissing. In the next shot, Walter has his shirt back on and in the shot after that, when they are falling onto the bed, he has the shirt off again. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Fane: I was wondering if you could tell me when the post comes through. It's for Shanghai.
Waddington: Unfortunately, since the cholera the cowards won't venture past the river port. But leave it with me. A local trader I know is making the trip on Friday.
Kitty Fane: [hands Waddington the letter]
Waddington: [reading the envelope] Townsend. Charlie Townsend?
Kitty Fane: Yes. He's an acquaintance of my husband. Do you know him?
[Kitty takes the letter back and looks worried]
Waddington: Years ago. We were both assigned to the consulate in Shanghai. Charming wife...
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Waddington:
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Reste Avec Moi
(French translation of "Abide with Me")
Words by Henry F. Lyte (as Henry Lyte) (in the English version, but translated here to French)
Music by William H. Monk (as William Monk)
Arranged by Evan H. Chen (as Evan Chen)
Performed by The Choir of the Beijing Takahashi Culture and Art Centre
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Maugham masterpiece
7 January 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. This is a surprisingly wonderful adaptation of the W Somerset Maugham novel. Maugham passed away many years ago, but in his time was an incredibly famous and popular playwright and novelist. His best known work is probably "The Razor's Edge". Part of the surprise is the beauty of the film since it is directed by John Curran, who has no directing credits to his name since 1995's excellent "Babe, the pig". Curran's eye and talent are on full display here with the aesthetics of 1920's China and the devastation of cholera.

The story is simple, but oh so elegant. Edward Norton and Naomi Watts are a very odd couple whom circumstances bring to an ill-conceived marriage. They are quite the odd couple and not the least bit charming together, even in the good moments. Norton stumbles on an affair between Watts and Liev Schreiber and the next thing we know Norton and Watts are on a two week journey into the depths of a Chinese jungle where a devastating cholera epidemic is occurring. The horrible situation brings out the best in each as people and finally as a couple. Along the way, their lives are impacted by two rather odd acquaintances, Toby Jones (off his fine turn as Truman Capote) and the long lost Diana Rigg as the Mother Superior at the local orphanage.

The story is tight, interesting and believable ... all signs of a terrific writer. The acting is worthy of such fine material and direction. Mr. Norton is wonderful as the quietly simmering bacteriologist who lacks interpersonal skills and warmth until the tragic environment brings about self-discovery. Ms. Watts continues her amazing run of top-caliber performances and is one of our top 3 actresses today. She is so subtle at times that it is easy to take her skills for granted. Mr. Schreiber, Mr. Jones and Ms. Rigg are all excellent in their roles and lets hope that Ms. Rigg will continue to bless us with her screen magic. It has been 40 years since she was the sexy Emma Peel from "The Avengers", but her presence on the screen is very welcome and needed.

There is a haunting score that continues throughout the film and some tremendous piano work credited to Lang Lang. The mood of the music and the film setting work together to deliver the effect of reading the novel as we watch the film. Quite a knockout for director Curran, who hopefully will not now disappear for the next decade!


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