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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 overview, first billed only:
Catherine An ... Hostess
Bin Li ... Te-Ming
Bin Wu ... Student 1
Alan David ... Mr. Garstin
Marie-Laure Descoureaux ... Sister St. Joseph
... Mary (scenes deleted)
... Dorothy Townsend
... Waddington
Lorraine Laurence ... Sister Maryse
Gwing-Gai Lee ... Angry Chinese Man (as Johnny Lee)
Li Feng ... Sung Ching
Gesang Meiduo ... Amah
... Walter Fane
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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Box Office

Budget:

$19,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,814, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$8,060,487, 26 April 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,522,838
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Edward Norton injured his back during filming, breaking three vertebrae after his horse threw him onto some rocks. He has said in interviews that he did not seek proper medical treatment until he had finished filming and had returned to Hong Kong. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Walter is telling Kitty he wants to divorce her, Kitty's necklace (with Charlie Townsend's ring) disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Walter Fane: I knew when I married you that you were selfish and spoiled. But I loved you. I knew you only married me to get as far away from your mother as possible. And I hoped that one day... there'd be something more. I was wrong. You don't have it in you.
Kitty Fane: If a man hasn't what's necessary to make a woman love him then it's *his* fault not hers.
Walter Fane: Either way. Tomorrow morning we are to leave for Mei-tan-fu, or I shall file my petition.
Kitty Fane: Walter, you can't be serious about taking me into the middle of a ...
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Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) 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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Simply Beautiful
20 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Such a level of intimacy between character and viewer is so seldom achieved, that I could not help but be overwhelmed by it. I was moved and shattered by how well I knew these characters, how much I commiserated and empathized for them, and how deeply involved I was in their anger, fears, and love.

The camera often loomed within a dark room, filled only with soft light and the characters clothed in light-colored costume. This ciaroscuro, contrast between light and shadow, created elegance and simplicity that is nothing short of beautiful. Most incredible of all were the zoom shots onto a particular character's face or eyes, emphasizing the sweat on his/her brow or a particularly telling expression on his/her face.

The musical score was very powerful and in-tune with the story told and the amazing characterizations.

I simply LOVED this film. If you are interested in a slow-moving, deep and emotionally stirring film, The Painted Veil is just that film!


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