Sunday, September 16, 2007
A pretty good movie
No one I know has ever heard of it. None of the movie critics whose opinions I depend upon saw it. I can't even remember how I heard of it. But The Painted Veil is a pretty good movie.
We watched it last weekend and I enjoyed it. Throughout the week, I continued to think about it - I just couldn't get it out of my head. So I watched it again last night and loved it even more. I can't quite put my finger on what it was exactly that moved me so much. But I think it has something to do with the fact that in many ways, I very much identified with Kitty Fane. In the movie, her husband drags her off to some far-flung foreign location, about which she knows close to nothing, in the name of research. We watch as she slowly finds ways to cope with her new surroundings, and eventually, in her own way, even (spoiler alert!) flourish.
There is also an interesting twist on the standard "romance" plot: the two people falling in love in this film are, in fact, husband and wife.
Also, the soundtrack is amazing. Movie soundtracks are my favorite genre of music these days.
Has anyone else seen this movie? Or even heard of it? Or am I the only one?