Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Painted Veil

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.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, Mike...among many other things, we seem to have the same taste in movies! Jeff & I were hoping to see this on the big screen, but, timing was off and we missed it, so we are now waiting its arrival from Netflix. Glad to hear it appears to live up to our expectations!

On a different subject, we just saw a great show last night that I think you & Suzy would have loved (we would have invited you if it hadn't been a week night))! It was Classic Albums Live...an 8 piece band performing the Eagle's Hotel California note for note (not a tribute band dressed as the Eagles, but very talented musicians more concerned with getting the music right). It's a series and we're going in July to hear them do Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (since we're both 50 this year, we're trying to re-live our best years!!)

Your SC/Lakeland buddies

Mike said...

Hi Miriam! Yes, I know all about Classic Albums Live. We've gone several times to see their reproductions of Beatle records: Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, White Album, and Abbey Road! They are excellent. I didn't get to hear Hotel California. Maybe next time...