Director: John Curran. Cast: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Toby Jones, Liev Schreiber. 125min. Rated PG-13. China/USA/Canada. Drama/Romance.
Good British doctor takes her unfaithful bride to cholera-stricken 1920s China, with disastrous results. The story is based on a Somerset Maugham novel, so criticizing the plot is probably considered blasphemy: (Spoiler Alert!) The bride become pregnant from her adulterous affair, but when the doctor discovers this at the end, he dies from cholera. In other words, the story cheats its way out of the difficult third act it created. Great acting by Watts, and the cinematography is mesmerizing, but the two-hour long wait doesn't lead to a satisfying payoff.
PS: This is actually a remake of a 1934 version, starring Greta Garbo.