The Painted Veil
Shunned by a husband who's more interested in his scientific research than his marriage, Kitty Fane embarks on a quest for fulfillment, igniting a passionate affair with dashing womanizer Charles Townsend.
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- John Curran
- DVD and streaming
- 2007 Independent Spirit Awards®
- Best Male Lead nominee: Edward Norton
PG-13Some mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief drug content
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this drama based on a 1925 novel isn't for most kids, despite its PG-13 rating. It's a serious, often painful contemplation of marriage under duress, featuring angry arguments as well as images of suffering cholera patients. Sexual intimacy includes one early, awkward scene in which a young bride invites her husband to her bed (he's embarrassed) and a couple of adulterous situations (a couple in bed, hiding from the jilted husband), as well as a couple of drunken scenes (in one, a white British man admires his much younger Chinese girlfriend; in another, a married couple has sex, with brief shots of naked bottoms and thighs). Characters drink, and couple of supporting players smoke cigarettes.
- Sexual Content
- Adulterous affair shown in tense, passionate, short scenes (passionate embracing under covers, covert flirtations); heavy drinking leads to Kitty and Walter's sexual encounter one night in China (his bare bottom is visible as he gets out of bed in the morning); Waddington has a young lover.
- Cholera wreaks havoc on victims -- some effects revealed in brief, graphic images; a group of men chases Kitty and she falls, runs, and is finally trapped by the group; her bodyguard fires his gun; some fighting when infected refugees attempt to enter the village; flyers call for "death to foreign invaders."
- Very mild: one use of "damn," and several uses of "god."
- Social Behavior
- A spoiled young woman commits adultery, then redeems herself by caring for victims of disease, including her husband.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Social drinking (on occasion to drunkenness); cigarette smoking; Kitty and Walter have "crippling" hangovers after a night of drinking; Waddington and his girlfriend smoke something narcotic.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it