It’s rare to find a Hollywood movie picture that actually deals with romance between husband and wife. Most movies nowadays are about perverted and out-of-wedlock relationships. That’s why when I learned of the movie “The Painted Veil” being about husband and wife romance, I jumped at the chance to see it and support such movies. And I’m happy to say that it’s a good movie in many different ways.
Naomi Watts is one of my favorite actresses, and she certainly is in top form here as the wayward wife that finds herself attracted again to the man whom she married just to get away from her parents. Ed Norton plays the doctor who’s hardened his heart against his wife but somehow recaptured that love-at-first-sight feeling. The backdrop is a cholera epidemic in 1920’s China.
Besides being a redemptive marital love story, there’s a point in the story where the moviemaker seems to draw an analogy of this story with our relationship with God. One of the most brilliant scenes in the movie was a nun in the convent in China saying that she first fell in love with God but then settled into a pattern of mutual indifference with God like an old couple. The scene urged us to see our wayward ways as God’s bride and our need to be reconciled to Him.
The movie is a very emotional experience and I really encourage everyone to see it!