The Painted Veil (2006)

The Painted Veil (2006)
  • Time: 125 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: John Curran
  • Cast: Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Toby Jones


The Painted Veil is a love story set in the 1920s that tells the story of a young English couple, Walter, a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, who get married for the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai, where she falls in love with someone else. When he uncovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China ravaged by a deadly epidemic, and takes her along. Their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.

One comment

  • I was told that “The Painted Veil” was tedious, boring and would put me to sleep… but I found it riveting. This is such a well-made movie, it’s almost perfect in the way that the pieces fit together so seamlessly – the actors, the dialogue, the locations, the cinematography, the way the story is allowed to unfold. Each component complements the others. It’s not big on action, and there’s not a lot of suspense in the traditional sense, although the hostility of many Chinese to Westerners, and the threat of the Nationalists lurking in the background, is always in evidence.

    What it is is a finely made dramatic love story, and I thought it was excellent. Naomi Watts is superb, as usual, and Edward Norton delivers a particularly good performance.

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