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The Painted Veil

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Well-acted period drama is lush and haunting.

Movie PG-13 2006 125 minutes
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age 18+

Really good movie! A must see Romantic, Edward Norton makes u fall in love over and over again!

Great love story! Not for young kids but older mature ones. A must see.
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The Painted Veil is the sort of movie-star vehicle that usually provides for outsized, capital "A" Acting. But John Curran's version is both lush and intimate, a showcase for subtle performances in which China becomes an "exotic" backdrop for white folks' troubles. While the Chinese characters remain mostly anonymous, either children or suffering disease victims, Kitty and Walter's exclusive self-absorption and lessons in generosity are tied to colonialist culture; they must unlearn their sense of entitlement and privilege.

While the movie alludes to historical events, Kitty and Walter's lessons tend to be on a more intimate scale. She meets Deputy Commissioner Waddington (Toby Jones), who embraces the locals in the usual ways: When Kitty asks what his much younger Manchu lover (Yu Lin) sees in him, he translates the girl's answer: "She says I'm a good man." As Kitty sees no good in men, the observation surprises her, but she begins to see that kindness can be learned.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 29, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: May 8, 2007
  • Cast: Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Toby Jones
  • Director: John Curran
  • Studio: Warner Independent
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 125 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief drug content.
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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