The Painted Veil details
|Starring:||Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Diana Rigg, Juliet Howland|
|Collections:||Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
The Painted Veil
|Run time:||2 hours 5 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Aug 2007|
|Main languages:||Mandarin, English, French|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Edward Norton and Naomi Watts star in this drama about rediscovering love.
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Behind the VeilBy a customer from London, England , 26 Apr 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]As the starting credits roll and I see that not only are Naomi Watts and Edward Norton starring in this movie, they also produced it. My heart sinks as several previous examples of vanity projects flit through my mind. Thankfully I most pleasantly surprised. The Painted Veil is a long, cool drink of water. If you will forgive me labouring the metaphor: though indeed long and cool, like such a drink, it is also refreshing. Reminiscent of films not often made anymore, such as Out of Africa, this is a cinematically beautiful, poignant tale of love, betrayal and the consequences of both. Although I would agree there is a distantness both in performance and presentation, this is just as it ought to be and reflects the quiet intensity of our leads struggle and the repressive social conformity of the period aptly. It is a cast of quite unsympathetic characters and it is a tribute to Ron Nyswaner that they have not been prettied up by Hollywood and are allowed to retain their flaws. In fact the only real mark of the Hollywood powers-that-be is an increase in the sex and passion quota quite out of keeping with the book (yet secretly quite satisfying). The casting is excellent. Edward Norton excels as the hopelessly repressed yet passionate doctor; although making up with intensity what he lacks in dark brooding power. The sheer brilliance of the supporting cast and the beauty of China are what lift this tale out of the dryness such an internalised tale of conflict threatens. Director John Curran has definitely proven himself one to watch and it is nice to know that there is always an exception to the rule even when it comes to vanity projects.
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This was amazingBy nomadicgirl (135 reviews) from Saltash , 25 Sep 2013Absolutely fabulous. Naomi Watts at her very best, and Edward Norton is just so talented. Very interesting just how relationships happen, particularly in the time period. Maybe even today!!!
A Chinese CrackerBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 06 Sep 2013Romantic Drama set in the 1920s that ends in tragedy. This is a very good film with depth and substance. The main characters are developed, and the film is beautifully crafted , and superbly exploits the Chinese stunning scenery and landscapes. Edward Norton is superb as the enigmatic , repressed, intellectual, do gooding, save the world micro biologist. Naomi Watts is equally superb as his spoilt, philandering, young gorgeous, frustrated wife, who grows in stature and maturity throughout the story to come to love, admire and respect her husband. It is mostly well paced, although perhaps a little slow in the middle of the film. Recommnended.
The Veil is StunningBy Roofle (9 reviews) , 23 Aug 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Beautiful cinematography and beautiful acting in a wonderful film. It has me in floods of tears every time. The story is gripping and if you stay with it, it will take you along their emotional journey. You should add it to your repertoire, if you are a real sophisticated film buff.
Just a Lovely FilmBy DoctorWho (118 reviews) from Epping , 06 Jun 2013Beautifully shot, well acted, thought provoking, if a little slow. For me its glacial pace was a breath of fresh air, it was exactly as it should be.
Painted VeilBy a customer , 03 Mar 2013A beautifully shot film which was much better than I expected. I would certainly recommend it even though it was slow in parts.