The Painted Veil

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Released 2006

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Director:
John Curran
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Based on the classic novel by W. Somerset Maugham, "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.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Whether through craft or constitution, Mr. Norton invests Walter with a petty cruelty that makes his character's emotional thaw and Kitty's predicament all the more poignant.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The Painted Veil has all the elements in place to be a great epic, but it fails to connect, to paraphrase Maugham's contemporary E.M. Forster, the prose with the passion. It's impe...

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Intelligent scripting, solid thesping and eye-catching location shooting aren't enough to make a compelling modern film of The Painted Veil.

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Drama

Themes

Love & Romance, Historical