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The White Countess (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Romance | 31 March 2006 (UK)
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Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.

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Olga Belinskya
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Grushenka
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Prince Peter Belinsky
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Princess Vera Belinskya
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Timur Engalychev ...
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Maria (as Aislin Mcguckin)
Dong Fu Lin ...
Taxi Dance Hall Manager (as Lin Dong Fu)
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Shanghai. 1936. Crossroads of the world and into this city of political intrigue comes Sofia, a Russian Countess who, with the remains of her family, has been left stateless by the Revolution. Forced by her reduced circumstances to support herself and her family as a bar-girl and taxi dancer, Sofia forms a relationship with Jackson, a blind former diplomat who opens an elegant bar; The White Countess. Their curious relationship matures but they are caught up in the fall of the city to the Japanese invaders. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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A Condessa Branca  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,712, 25 December 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,666,262, 23 April 2006
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The real-life mother of Madeleine Daly (Katya) was Madeleine Potter, who played the Countess' sister-in-law Greshenka. See more »

Goofs

When Todd is proposing the job to Sophia he says, "It's up here. The bar, everything. It's all inside." When he says this, the camera is from behind him and two fingers are briefly shown pointing to his temple. The camera angle quickly changes to show from the front and only one finger is at his temple. See more »

Quotes

Todd Jackson: Why aren't you at home in your bed?
Sofia: There is no bed for me till morning. My daughter... Sorry, I was forgetting our agreement.
Todd Jackson: I told you, there is no agreement. I just once thought that we'd get on best if we confined our friendship to within these walls.
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Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

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I Should Say So
Written and Performed by Robb Wilton
Courtesy of British Library Sound Archive
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a truly wonderful film
29 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was caught up in this film from the very beginning. For me, Richardson's performance is Oscar-worthy and Fiennes does a credible job as a recently blind diplomat doing his best to hide from the realities of the world by creating a world of his own. This film could be considered "Casablanca" turned on its head, where people of all different races and religions and beliefs come together at a nexus of great social turmoil, and the story of two small people doesn't amount a hill of beans to anyone but us, the audience. The White Countess is one of my favorite films of 2005. And I have to admit I'm not much of a Merchant-Ivory fan, but this one was truly exceptional.


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