The White Countess

The White Countess
The White Countess
  • PG-13
  • 2h 16m
  • 2005
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In this final film by Oscar®-nominated producer Ismail Merchant (1994, Best Picture, Remains of the Day), and Oscar®-nominee James Ivory (1993, Best Director, Howards End), 1930s Shanghai provides the backdrop for this exceptional drama starring two-time Oscar®-nominee Ralph Fiennes (1997, Best Actor, The English Patient; 1994, Best Supporting Actor, Schindler's List) as Todd Jackson, a diplomat blinded in a bombing. An encounter with Sophia (Natasha Richardson, Maid in Manhattan), an exiled Countess employed as a bar girl, inspires him to open his own club, but only if she will work for him. Sophia's in-laws (two-time Oscar®-nominee Lynn Redgrave) and Sarah (Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave), greedily pocket her income, but denounce her as a bad influence on her daughter. When Japanese troops invade the city, a mass exodus ensues! Alone and afraid, Sophia clings to the only hope left to her - finding her missing daughter!
© 2005 White Countess Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: High production values and fine performances get bogged down by a lifeless story that fails to engage the viewer.
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore

It's a pretty journey, even if it is far too talky and emotionally distant to really work.

January 29, 2019
Detroit News
Tom Long

A tale well told, a look at history in the making and those being shaken in the process.

June 21, 2017
Detroit Free Press
Terry Lawson

A tedious, overblown bit of business.

January 29, 2019
Arizona Republic
Richard Nilsen

The White Countess, although it has its share of Masterpiece Theatre moments, is another film to r...

January 29, 2019
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 21, 2005
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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