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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Beautiful filmBy cca (1 review) , 16 Sep 2011For me is a beautiful film. It is worthy to watch it!!! great actors, stunnig scenaries. Great story!!! The connection between them (Naomi and Edward) is amazing. I will recommend it.
Autumn magicBy a customer , 12 Sep 2011Wonderful film, great for a wet afternoon - snuggle up on the sofa and lose yourself in the story, the music and the wonderful Chinese scenery. Don't watch it if you prefer the shoot em up boy films, one for adults who prefer a bit of culture!
Beautiful love storyBy a customer , 08 Sep 2011A beautiful story about love, hate and devotion, set in beautiful surroundings. A bit long, but, if you love romance, you should see it.
A lovely change from the normBy a customer , 28 Jul 2011Started slow was on the verge of watching something else but kept watching. Thoroughly enjoyed it. No car chases, no guns just peace, quiet and calmness together with some beautiful scenery
Fantastic FilmBy a customer , 26 Jul 2011Loved it! Beautifully filmed, fantastic acting & a welcome break from high action movies; but still very engaging. Highly recomended.