The Painted Veil

2 h 7 min  |  Drama, Romance  |  Release Date: 23.3.2007

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 socialite.

Kitty, bored with her privileged lifestyle and yearning for escape, accepts a proposal of marriage from Walter who is a very quiet and serious bacteriologist. The couple relocates to Shanghai, where Walter dedicates himself to work, which drives Kitty to embark on an adulterous affair with a handsome diplomat (Liev Schreiber).

When Walter uncovers his wife's 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.

Directed by: John Curran

Cast: Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones


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