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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lengthy but worth itBy a customer , 01 Nov 2012Wasn't sure what to expect. Though over-long in my opinion this was an interesting look at relationships and compromise. The development of the characters from the start of their relationship (and the viewers opinions as such) to their representation by the end of the film was well worth viewing and led to a need to re-assess our original feelings. Artistically filmed in beautiful surroundings and well worth the time taken to watch it
Beautiful love storyBy HugoM (13 reviews) , 04 Aug 2012Beautiful love story encompassing everything you need - clumsy courtship, unhappy mistake, growing together, and an ending that I won't reveal.
Set in British China in the last days of the Empire, the film takes the time to show us just how fantastically beautiful parts of China are, and at the same time explores the politics of Chinese nationalism and the British abroad. We meet noble people and despicable cads, the unlikely warrior and the military coward who learns to live beyond his previous horizons, and we explore just how many different ways there are to colonise and subject a nation.
A Masterpiece in ChinaBy Moirafrog (13 reviews) from Yorkshire , 01 Jul 2012An outstanding film, true to the Somerset Maugham story and set in the most beautiful scenery. The acting, particularly by Naomi Watts, is of a very high quality, entirely convincing. The film shows so clearly how two people - unsuited to each other at first, initially betraying each other - learn to love each other as more mature people. The ending isn't a surprise, and doesn't spoil the overall sense of a good story well told. I can recommend it to anyone who likes a film steeped in atmosphere and meaning.
Good film.By stuntmanbob (51 reviews) from diss , 04 Mar 2012I enjoyed this film, different from the mainstream and sumptuously shot, it`s the sort of movie we Brits are particularly good at and we should be proud of that. Although the main storyline was predictable there were some very interesting subplots running through, particularly the Chinese Colonel with nationalist sympathies and we`re never really sure about the commisionar of the village until nearly the end of the film.
Beautiful FilmBy Littlealfie (16 reviews) from Reading, UK , 27 Feb 2012Loved this film when I saw it as the cinema and really enjoyed seeing it again.
The scenery is stageringly beautiful. The story is sad but wonderfully played by the cast.
A must see