The Painted Veil

Synopsis: This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): John Curran
Production: Warner Independent Pictures
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min

- Hello.

- Hello.

Say, I was wondering... .


Sorry. I was wondering

if you'd like to dance.

Why not?

Kitty, who was the young man

you were dancing with last night?

Which one?

Quiet, serious-Iooking one.

Oh, him.

- I suppose you invited him, mother.

- I don't know who you're talking about.

I invited him.

His name is Fane and he's a doctor.

He manages a government laboratory... Shanghai.

- A civil servant?

In any case.

He called around last Sunday.

We had a long chat.

I told him to come back anytime.

It's not often that you like

any of my young men.

Well, do you like him?

- Not really.

- What's wrong with him?

- Is he in love with you?

- I don't know.

I thought by now you'd know

when a young man was in love with you.

The point is whether I'm in love with him,

and I'm not.

You'd better be careful, young lady.

Time can run out, you know.

Oh, stop it, mother. Honestly.

The very idea that a woman

should marry any Tom, Dick, or Harry...

...regardless of her own feelings

is simply prehistoric.

How much longer do you expect

your father to go on supporting you?

- Hello.

- Hello. L--

I was-- I was just coming... .

Your father invited me.

I'm going out.

May I join you?

Right on time.

What is it exactly that you do?

I'm a bacteriologist.

That must be fascinating.

You have no idea what that is, do you?

No, I'm afraid not.

No. There's no reason you should.

I study the microorganisms

that carry disease.


No, it's not, actually. It's the opposite.

Shall we step inside?

Do you like flowers?

Not particularly, no.

Well, I mean, yes. But we don't really

have them around the house.

Mother says, "Why purchase something

you can grow for free?"

Then, we don't really grow them either.

Does seem silly, really.

To put all that effort into...

...something that's just going to die.

I'd like to say something to you.

I came to see you

to ask you if you'll marry me.

You could knock me down

with a feather.

Could you not tell

that I'm in love with you?

You never showed it.

Oh, I... .

Well, I wanted to. It's difficult. I... .

But there it is.


I'm not sure that's very well put.

No, it's not. You see how clumsy I am.

I... . I'm terrible at these sorts of things.

But the thing is, I've got to get

back to China very soon.

I don't have time to be cautious.

I've never thought of you in that way.

- I improve greatly upon acquaintance.

- I'm sure you do--

I'd do anything in my power

to make you happy.

Anything at all.

I think you'd like Shanghai.

It's quite exciting, it is.

Lots of dancing.

Surely you're not expecting me

to answer this second.

I don't know you at all.

Yes. Ye--

Well, we had the highest of hopes...

...but no expectation

that he'd ask her so soon.

Yes. A lovely late autumn wedding.

Oh, she's done very well for herself,

has my Doris.

At least one of them's made a success.

No, I gave up on Kitty ages ago.


Yes. Well, I know you understand.



Is it smaller than you imagined?

I'm not sure what I imagined.

Don't you have a piano?

No. I don't play the piano.

- Who is it?

- It's I.

Come in.

Just wanted to see

if you were all settled.

So, then, you're comfortable, then?

Do you need anything?

No. I'm fine. Thank you.

Good. Good.

I am so happy you're here.

- Shall I shut the lamp?

- What for?

I must shut the lamp.

It's raining cats and dogs.

I said, it's raining cats and dogs.

Yes, I heard you.

- You might have answered.

- I'm sorry.

L-- I've gotten used to not speaking

unless I have something to say.

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Ron Nyswaner

Ron Nyswaner was born on October 5, 1956 in Clarksville, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Philadelphia (1993), The Painted Veil (2006) and Why Stop Now? (2012). more…

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