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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 epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

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Mary (scenes deleted)
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Lorraine Laurence ...
Gwing-Gai Lee ...
Angry Chinese Man (as Johnny Lee)
Li Feng ...
Gesang Meiduo ...
Amah
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Yin Qing ...
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Ian Renwick ...
Geoffrey Denison (as Ian Rennick)
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Storyline

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

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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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Warner Independents and Yari Groups brought in a Chinese production company to help finance the film. The Chinese partner was granted approvals over the script and the finished film. It was concerned about the film's depiction of the uprising during the Chinese Revolution as well as the cholera's victims and asks for these contents to be reduced, something Edward Norton and John Curran disagreed upon. In the end, about 38 seconds of footage were removed. See more »

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In the scene where Walter is telling Kitty he wants to divorce her, Kitty's hair changes between shots, moving from over her left cheek to further back and then forward again repeatedly. See more »

Quotes

[Kitty serves herself a helping of the uncooked vegetables from the local cholera-infected crop]
Walter Fane: Are you looking to kill yourself?
[Kitty eats the vegetables with a contemptous smirk. Walter then serves himself and eats his in the same manner]
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 6 January 2007 (2007) See more »

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A La Claire Fontaine
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Performed by The Choir of the Beijing Takahashi Culture and Art Centre
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A most transporting film.
30 December 2006 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I think is the tone of the film –– and by that I mean everything from the cinematography to the dialogue the music and, most of all, the nuanced performances –– which, because it is so consistent and so consistently sublime renders the film far apart from the ordinary.

I was interested to see that Naomi Watts and Edward Norton produced this film. No matter which of them (or, for that matter, any one of the film's fine cast) is on the screen, we are fully involved: they invite us into their story, they invite us to care.

Even if one were to strip away the performances and the story there is still the sheer beauty of the Chinese countryside, filmed to perfection.

Just go, and see for yourself.


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