The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil
The Painted Veil
  • PG-13
  • 2h 5m
  • 2006
Certified Fresh74%
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Edward Norton and Naomi Watts star in W. Somerset Maugham's exotic, tragic love story The Painted Veil. 1920s Shanghai. Newlywed English couple Walter and Kitty Fane (Academy Award nominees Norton--The Illusionist, American History X and Watts--21 Grams, Mulholland Drive) have traveled to China to find purpose in their lives. Instead, they discover betrayal and estrangement. Given a chance at redemption, the couple embark on a perilous journey of self discovery deep into the heart of the Middle Kingdom. Directed by John Curran (We Don't Live Here Anymore) with a Golden Globe-winning original score by Alexandre Desplat.

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Common Sense Says
Well-acted period drama is lush and haunting.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this drama based on a 1925 novel isn't for most kids, despite its PG-13 rating. It's a serious, often painful contemplation of marriage under duress, featuring angry arguments as well as images of suffering cholera patients. Sexual intimacy includes one early, awkward scene in which a young bride invites her husband to her bed (he's embarrassed) and a couple of adulterous situations (a couple in bed, hiding from the jilted husband), as well as a couple of drunken scenes (in one, a white British man admires his much younger Chinese girlfriend; in another, a married couple has sex, with brief shots of naked bottoms and thighs). Characters drink, and couple of supporting players smoke cigarettes.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 20, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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