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), a middle class doctor and Kitty (Naomi Watts), an upper-class woman, who get married for the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai, where she falls in love with someone else. When he uncovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China ravaged by a deadly epidemic, and takes her along. Their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.
Edward Norton is one of the best actors of our age. Many times unappreciated, but always gives a stunning and powerful performance. I immediately became a fan of Norton after seeing American History X, and again in this film he does not disappoint.
Watts, who I last saw in King Kong, is another one of Hollywood’s best of the day. She is emotionally powerful in this film, and gives one of the best performances of her career. Unfortunately not many people saw this film.
The cinematography and location is beautiful and gives the film it’s “feel”. B-