Film Review: The Painted Veil

9 May

Plot: Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, it’s a love story set in the 1920s about a young English couple– a conservative bacteriologist (Edward Norton) and a restless society girl (Naomi Watts) 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 cholera 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.

I have to admit that I would not even be remotely interested to see this film if not for Edward Norton and the cholera epidemic as the backdrop. I am not a big fan of Naomi Watts so her presence in this film wasnt really welcome but I have to say that she won me over long before the credits rolled out.

This is a beautiful love story set in one of the most scenic locations in China, sadly, an epidemic of cholera has also scourged the land. The characters played by Norton and Watts are real that you can relate and feel for them. Be swept away in time and place by this moving tale of love, sacrifice and redemption.

The Painted Veil: 3/5

One Response to “Film Review: The Painted Veil”

  1. Peter May 19, 2007 at 11:56 pm #


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