Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"The Painted Veil" A good movie

"Since when does a woman love a man for his virtue?" said the protagonist in the film The Painted Veil.
Kitty is a woman who marries a man she barely knows, nevertheless loves. She decides to do that to escape her mother and her family life as she knew it. I’ve met women whom in this time and century sadly have as little options as she did in the 1920s. That’s why Kitty’s story couldn’t be more current. She finally leaves England and moves to China, where her husband is too busy working as a doctor. Eventually, she cheats on him with the stereotypical, charming man whom a lot of women seem to crave until they see their hollowness, if they ever see it.
Kitty’s lover tells her my favorite line from the entire movie. I can’t remember it now word by word, but it kinds of goes like this:
Women always tend to make the mistake of thinking that men are more in love with them than they really are.
With time, Kitty learns what type of persons her husband and lover really are. She learns to see beyond their respective appearances; for time is the best judge of character (someone else must have said that; can’t remember who). These pieces of wisdom I find in movies and books are what always make me come back to them for more.
In conclusion, I must state that even though the movie takes place in the 1920s, during the times of cholera, I think we could all agree that the subject matter is very much current and transcendental. Human stories seem to undergo little alterations, despite the passing of time. We are all probably living stories that have been lived by thousands of others at various periods in time. If we aren’t the characters ourselves, we probably know people who are the Kitties, Charlies and Walters of The Painted Veil.


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