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1,101 Ratings

The Painted Veil

Directed by John Curran
China, United States, 2006


A British medical doctor fights a cholera outbreak in a small Chinese village, while also being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

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The Painted Veil Directed by John Curran

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2007 | 2 nominations including: Best Screenplay

National Board of Review

2006 | 2 wins including: Best Adapted Screenplay

Golden Globes (USA)

2007 | Winner: Best Original Score - Motion Picture

What are people saying?

  • Dave's rating of the film The Painted Veil

    Predictable? Yes, but it's still a story that I couldn't help but be drawn into and found moving - even though I knew virtually every step it was going to take. And it has some lovely photography and wonderful score from Desplat.

  • Mark Garrett's rating of the film The Painted Veil

    Curran attacks the film with the size and similarly moving majesty of a ballroom. On its surface, cliché, but underneath and within, a hundred voices whispering in each others ears forming culture, bad partners, shifts in style, and only the appearance of conformity.

  • Deiner's rating of the film The Painted Veil

    The first time I saw this film was ten years ago when it came out, and I admit I really didn't remember much from it, that's why I was quite surprised at how much I liked this film this time around. Although it technically is a fairly standard romantic story, I think it was told really well. The photography is stunning and the music is splendid, but for me Naomi Watts was the highlight, she's simply amazing.

  • dex's rating of the film The Painted Veil

    Why arguing with your wife? If you are looking an answer to this question, I think this movie can give a view. Very delicate movie, wonderful scenario and a famous book to start with. Are you looking for more to spend a relaxing night with your partner?

  • DenoResandono's rating of the film The Painted Veil

    I didn't expect much from this movie. THE PAINTED VEIL maybe - is one of the most simple movie out there, yet it's predictable. Predictable? Yes. I bet you've ever seen this kind of romance in other movies. Frankly, there's nothing special in its romance theme, about adultery. But THE PAINTED VEIL didn't become an ordinary movie. Thanks to Naomi Watts and Edward Norton superb acting. They have deeper characterization

  • A47's rating of the film The Painted Veil

    Superb cinematography, exquisite score, production design, and good performances. Although the script is straightforward and a bit narrow in scope, it doesn't overstep its bounds and remains consistent throughout (minus a strange flashback). A beautiful movie about forgiveness and the story of a marriage. Cinematography that was ahead of its time.

  • Lucii Lugo's rating of the film The Painted Veil

    Un filme bastante ameno con una historia, que aunque ha sido contada innumerables veces no aburre en ningún momento. Con movimientos pausados y encuadres sutiles, Edward Norton y Naomi Watts nos llevan de la mano por una historia de desamor y amor. Las actuaciones son bastante buenas y la dirección exquisita. Totalmente recomendable.

  • Sin título.'s rating of the film The Painted Veil

    Historia de personajes arrastrados inevitablemente por las circunstancias del deseo y decepción que significa la búsqueda de pareja. El castigo se vuelve efectivo cuando evita que la conducta se siga repitiendo, lamentablemente con el tiempo pierde su efectividad, más si se suma la complejidad de las personas al pensar que están enamoradas o de alguna manera creen estar atadas al objeto de afecto.