THE PAINTED VEIL
Finding Purpose and Love through Selfless Service
Release Date: December 20, 2006
Starring: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton,
Diana Rigg, Toby Jones, and
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 125 minutes
Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures
Director: John Curran
Executive Producer: Mark Gordon, John Curran,
Antonia Barnard, and Ron
Producer: Sara Colleton, Jean-Francois
Fonlupt, Bob Yari, Edward
Norton, and Naomi Watts
Writer: Ron Nyswaner
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The movie opens with flashbacks in England of how Walter Fane, a middle-class doctor, married Kitty, an upper-class woman with no prospects who wants to get away from her overbearing mother. They relocate to Shanghai, where Kitty has an affair with an engaging English diplomat, who's also married.
Crushed and angered by Kitty's infidelity, Walter accepts a job in a remote village ravaged by a deadly cholera epidemic. Walter takes Kitty along when the diplomat refuses to leave his wife.
Walter took the job out of revenge against his wife, but Kitty eventually sees Walter's dedication in helping the Chinese peasants fight the cholera epidemic. So, she decides to help out at the Catholic orphanage next to the hospital. Their altruistic work brings new meaning to their relationship and brings new purpose to their lives.
THE PAINTED VEIL opens slowly, then picks up the pace with a deliberate speed as events start to happen and the characters are revealed. It is a beautiful, powerful story of a broken marriage that is healed through love, kindness, charity, and devotion to duty. THE PAINTED VEIL has that rare combination of time, place and character that makes a great period drama. The drama builds in an emotional power to the very end.
Naomi Watts gives one of the best female performances of the year as Kitty. Her performance ranks right up there with Helen Mirren in THE QUEEN, who is the favorite to win the Best Actress Oscar this year. Edward Norton turns in another excellent performance as Walter. Diana Rigg makes a rare, wonderful appearance as the kindly Mother Superior of the orphanage who helps Kitty find the right balance between love and duty. In fact, Kitty takes a spiritual journey during the movie that helps her realize what is truly important.
There is a brief sex scene in THE PAINTED VEIL between the two illicit lovers. There are also some other sexual references, brief foul language and implied opium use. The movie's worldview is a moral one, however, and contains strong, positive Christian content that adds to the movie's morally uplifting premise.
THE PAINTED VEIL is a brilliant, morally uplifting drama for mature audiences. It is a powerful story of a broken marriage healed through love, charity and devotion to duty. THE PAINTED VEIL has that rare combination of time, place and character that makes a great period drama. It also contains strong, positive Christian content. There is, however, some sexual content that deserves extreme caution.