A few weeks ago I bemoaned the fact that I hadn't seen a good movie for a long while. Now I have.
My wife and I rented the little-known indie film The Painted Veil, starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts. It is moving, beautifully filmed, superbly-acted, and thought-provoking. It is based on the novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham.
Set in 1925 mostly in a remote, cholera-infested Chinese village, The Painted Veil is about an unhappily-married couple (Walter and Kitty Fane) who must work through their feelings of betrayal and loss while ministering to the dying, and at the same time patch together some type of relationship with each other.
I won't tell you what happens, only that the movie contains a very clear, redemptive theme that shows what is possible when people die to themselves and learn, through hardship, to forgive and love. It's brilliant.