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The Painted Veil (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 19 January 2007 (USA)
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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Catherine An ...
Hostess
Bin Li ...
Te-Ming
Bin Wu ...
Student 1
Alan David ...
Mr. Garstin
Marie-Laure Descoureaux ...
Sister St. Joseph
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Mary (scenes deleted)
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Dorothy Townsend
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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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Sometimes the greatest journey is the distance between two people See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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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Al otro lado del mundo  »

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Budget:

$19,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$71,814 (USA) (24 December 2006)

Gross:

$8,060,487 (USA) (26 April 2007)
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Greta Garbo starred in a version of "The Painted Veil" in 1934. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Kitty and Walter enter their house in the village where they go because of the Cholera epidemic, the first time they enter there is a floor lamp in the living room with a green glass shade. After that first scene, the lamp disappears and is never seen again. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Fane: [contemplating roses in a flower shop] Silly, really. They'll die in a week - it's hardly worth the cost
[to Walter Junior]
Kitty Fane: What do you think?
Walter Junior: I think they're quite nice.
Kitty Fane: Really?
[Walter Junior smiles, as does Kitty]
Kitty Fane: I think you're right.
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Referenced in Marginais (2010) See more »

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A La Claire Fontaine
Traditional French song
Performed by The Choir of the Beijing Takahashi Culture and Art Centre
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A complex, moody film that draws you in on many levels and does not let go
26 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Set in China in the 1920s during a cholera epidemic and the nationalist uprising, the film explores the stormy relationship of a dry British doctor and his seemingly incompatible fun-loving wife. They interact with engaging characters that include French nuns, British expatriates and a Chinese doctor and military officer. The tension is increased by the ever-present threat of death from the epidemic and the political and military unrest that is about to explode. The film is shot with a hazy green look that makes the lush Chinese countryside even more mysterious and beautiful. The film is accompanied by well-chosen music with a particularly gripping main theme by Satie. Norton and Watts do a splendid job in the leading roles.


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