Painted Veil, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Excellent film adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham novel set in the 1920s about an English bacteriologist (Edward Norton) who, after he learns of his bored socialite wife's (Naomi Watts) infidelity, vengefully insists she accompany him to a remote Chinese village during a dangerous cholera epidemic there, and how, over time, they establish a deep and abiding love, with the wife even volunteering to minister to the sick at the local hospital run by nuns. Lushly photographed on location, the film -- under John Curran's direction -- unfolds at a leisurely pace, but the intelligent love story at its core, and the spiritual journey and ultimate redemption for its heroine, are movingly conveyed, with impressive, nuanced performances by the leads, as well as by Diana Rigg, Liev Schreiber and Toby Jones. A brief scene of lovemaking with shadowy nudity, a flash of rear nudity, innuendo, adultery, images of the sick and dying, drug use and a few crass expressions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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