The Painted Veil

This was certainly not a movie that I would have rushed to see upon its release. No, this was a recommendation from a friend and, I must say, not bad.  The cinematography grabbed me from the beginning and refused to let go.  This is rural China at its absolute best. Not only were the picturesque landscapes soothing, but the accompanying score (serving up renditions of Satie’s “Gnossiennes No.1” as well as original compositions) made the audio-visual aspect of this film something to smile about.

 

What I did not particularly care for was the slow build of characters and the stories behind them.

Walter Fane, played by Edward Norton, has a pretty cold shoulder throughout, and frustration infiltrates almost the entire chronicle. But in the end, you breathe a sigh of relief.

 

My recommendation: view on a weekend night spent at home.

 

Music composed by: Alexandre Desplat feat. Pianist Lang Lang

 

Chris

 

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