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The Painted Veil

7 Ratings: 2.3
A movie directed by John Curran

The third film version of Somerset Maughm's 1925 novel--directed by John Curran--is ripe with stunning Chinese locales and a smart turn from Naomi Watts as Kitty Fane, the aging English socialite who must put herself in strange and turbulent surroundings … see full wiki

Director: John Curran
Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 20, 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
7 reviews about The Painted Veil
review by . April 07, 2009
It is the 1920s in England, and Walter (Edward Norton), a shy, bookish doctor marries vivacious Kitty (Naomi Watts) who just wants to get away from her mother. They move to China where Kitty strays with a dashing diplomat while Walter decides to go up-country to fight a cholera epidemic.     This tale of repression and desire left me strangely cold. Norton lamely attempts a British accent but is never even remotely convincing as the awkward doctor; he just looks too American. …
review by . July 31, 2008
This beautifully produced motion picture should have worked. the cinematography, the talented cast, the music, the backdrops. And all of this is beautifully done. What is missing is life, elan. Some activity would have been nice. Once, the good doctor confronts his wife about her infidelity, nothing much takes place. Yes, there's a cholera epidemic in the midst of some of the most stunning scenery on earth. Yes, two previously irreconcilable spouses, probably never in love in the first place, somehow …
review by . June 06, 2008
Pros: Great performance by principles; beautiful scenery.     Cons: Somewhat boring and predictable      The Bottom Line: With its sweeping vistas of the Chinese countryside and superb leading performances, The Painted Veil is well worth a look.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Edward Norton is not your quintessential Hollywood actor. He quietly goes about his craft shunning the spotlight that …
review by . December 17, 2007
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Pros: Beautiful scenery, subtlety of acting      Cons: Pacing is in fits and starts, not for a casual viewer      The Bottom Line: The film takes a bit of getting used to, but once you are past that hump, it is worth the time it takes to stick it out.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.      The Painted Veil is a Somerset Maugham short story adapted by John Curran. …
review by . October 07, 2007
Unfortunately I Never read the novel but I found the movie to be impressive. THE PAINTED VEIL tells the story of Kitty Fane (Naomi Watts) trapped in a loveless marriage to biologist husband Walter (Edward Norton.) When she has an affair with English Vice Consul Charlie Townsend (Live Shreiber), Walter takes Kitty into the cholera-ridden areas of central China in the hope of curing both the peasants and his marriage.    The journey of China becomes a metaphor for the pair's deep …
review by . June 18, 2007
In this 2007 film adaptation of the Somerset Maughn novel, lead actors Edward Norton and Naomi Watts render subtle and praiseworthy performances that brings this classic story of an adulterous wife's voyage of self-discovery during the cholera epidemic in 1920's China to a grand panoramic celluloid life akin to the scenic beauty depicted in "Out of Africa" complimented with a soaring soundtrack by Alexandre Michel Desplat. Alluding to the first line of the sonnet by Percy Blythe Shelley:     …
review by . May 10, 2007
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Though some readers who are familiar with the novel, 'The Painted Veil', may have quibbles about the altered sequences and places of action and character emphasis in Ron Nyswaner's screenplay, those disparities pale in comparison to the superb acting and cinematic treatment of Maugham's story about the development of love in the most unlikely situation. John Curran directs his superb cast with fluid movement, allowing the story to unfold in flashbacks in a manner suggestive of the longing and the …
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