The Painted Veil

I spent the most gorgeous afternoon at the movies watching The Painted Veil. This is such a beautiful film, though it occured to me throughout that it could be seen as problematic, being a kind of love song to colonialism.
Political correctness aside, everything about the movie enchanted - the acting is perfect, the sets and costumes exquisite, and the landscape utterly seductive. It just works on so many levels. It is meant to be based on a Somerset Maugham story, though they must have tarted it up somewhat - I find it difficult to believe that Mr. Maugham could have written something quite so morally complex.
Treat yourselves - this is one film that is absolutely worth the trip, and what with all this rain, how much more encouragement do you need to go to the cinema?

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