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The Painted Veil

Released on 03 September 2007

Featuring: Naomi Watts, Ed Norton & Liev Schreiber

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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Sometimes the greatest journey is the distance between two people

Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil is a love story set in the 1920s that tells the story of a young English couple, Walter (Edward Norton) and Kitty (Naomi Watts).

Kitty lives in an age when a proper lady must find a husband. Bored with her life and stifled by her socially conscious mother, Kitty accepts a proposal of marriage from Dr Walter Fane, a quiet, serious doctor who specialises in infectious diseases. Relocating to Shanghai, the Fanes are introduced to English Vice Consul Charles Townsend (Schreiber). While Walter dedicates himself to his work, Kitty and Townsend embark on an adulterous affair. Learning of her indiscretion, and in an act of revenge, Walter takes Kitty to a remote village ravaged by cholera. Amid the human wreckage and tragedy, Kitty and Walter discover forgiveness, understanding, tenderness and eventually each other.
  • The 'Making Of' featurette with edward Norton, Naomi Watts and John Curran
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 Average rating (16 reviews)

 Easy to appreciate, hard to like.

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It's a shame when a film that has obviously had a lot of effort put into the adaptation and direction, is such a chore to sit through. Despite all the technical achievements, there is very little passion on-screen - and that is a vital element in any romance. Odd really, as Norton can show emotion when he wants to, and does so in this film - it's just that for the most part he's required to sleepwalk through his role. There is some joy to be had from the supporting characters, but that isn't enough to make this essential viewing.


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Excellent film, but Momentum's dvd-release maims the cinematography by doing a 16/9 pan-&-scan on a movie shot in 2.35:1. Discriminating film lovers will know to steer clear of this!

 A lovely story

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Emotional and feeling. Wonderful scenery and such a real life story which made you think about relationships and how complicated they can be.
I enjoyed it immensely. NO BAD LANGUAGE for a change which was very refreshing and the few sexual scenes were tastful and acceptable.

 Beautiful, touching, tragic

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Incredibly romantic and visually stunning, the Painted Veil quietly grips the viewer and does not let go, even long after watching.

Both leads give outstanding performances. With few words, but looks that speak volumes, Edward Norton brilliantly conveys the depth of passion of a quiet man and, as the film progresses, Naomi Watts subtly reveals how depth and understanding can grow in an apparently-shallow young woman.

If you are moved by pent-up passion, and yearn for unrequited love to be returned, this film is for you.


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Edward Norton, a fantastic actor they could not have chosen anyone better to play this part. Not only that but this film grips you right untill the end.

It is a great movie and could watch it over and over untill I just couldn't cry anymore!

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ActorsNaomi Watts, Ed Norton, Liev Schreiber, Diana Rigg, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang & Toby Jones
DirectorJohn Curran
Certificate12 years and over
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration2 hours and 5 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.