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THE PAINTED VEIL
USA: Warner Independent Pictures
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Diana Rigg, Zoe Telford, Lucy Voller, Alan David, Maggie Steed, Sally Hawkins, Juliet Howland, Ian Rennick Henry Sylow, Marie-Laure Descoureaux, Lorraine Laurence, Cheng Shihan, Feng Li, Gesang Meiduo, Anthony Wong, Lu Yan, Xia Yu, Catherine An, Li Bin, Johnny Lee, Wu Bin, Yin Qing, Liang Sijie, Ma Yun, Lin Zheng, John Cann, Maurice Herschtal, Bill Marcus, Shobauro Hiratsuka
Director: John Curran
Countries: USA / China
USA & UK: 125 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief drug content
UK Certificate: 12A contains one moderate sex scene
USA Release Date: 29 December 2006 (Limited Release)
USA Release Date: 20 December 2006 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 27 April 2007
UK DVD Release Date: 3 September 2007
Based on the classic novel by Somerset Maugham, THE PAINTED VEIL is set in the 1920s and a love story unfolds between a young English couple - Walter Fane (Edward Norton), a middle class doctor and Kitty (Naomi Watts), an upper-class woman.
They get married for the wrong reasons and move to Shanghai, China. Socialising with other British colonial residents they meet English Vice Consul Charles Townsend (Liev Schreiber) and Kitty soon falls in love with him. When Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity, he retaliates by accepting a job in a remote village in China that has succumbed to a deadly cholera epidemic, and forces her to accompany him.
Their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth. Confronted by the devastating loss of life the epidemic is causing, Kitty and Walter discover forgiveness, understanding, even tenderness - and rediscover each other.