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The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil
  • 2007
  • China/US
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: John Curran
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Diana Rigg, Toby Jones, Anthony Wong Chau Sang
  • Language: English, Chinese, French
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The third screen adaptation of Somerset Maugham's novel about an English couple (Norton and Watts) in 1920s China. Co-produced with the Chinese government, the production manages to step outside the domestic lives of the protagonists to become a genuinely touching romance and breathtaking piece of cinema.

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The Painted Veil

23 Apr 20074 stars

This third screen adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s novel, here directed by John Curran (We Don’t Live Here Anymore) and scripted by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia), very successfully opens out Maugham’s astutely written but rather claustrophobic romance.

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