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The Painted Veil (2006)

PG-13 | | 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine An ...
Hostess
Bin Li ...
Bin Wu ...
Student 1
Alan David ...
Marie-Laure Descoureaux ...
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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 ...
Student 2
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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Forgiveness comes at a price 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) (22 December 2006)

Gross:

$8,047,690 (USA) (20 April 2007)
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Trivia

Naomi Watts and John Curran previously worked together when he directed her in We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004). See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the orphanage where Walter kisses Kitty goodbye before he leaves for the camp, Kitty is sleeping with a child in her arms. The child is lying on his side as Walter kisses her, then a wider angle is shown and the child is all of a sudden sleeping on his back. 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...
Kitty Fane:
Waddington:
Kitty Fane:
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Connections

Version of The Seventh Sin (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

A La Claire Fontaine
Traditional French song
Vocals by N. Porebski / L. Descamps
Piano by Roger Pouly
Courtesy of Les Petits Minous
Produced and published by AKCS
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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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