The White Countess

The White Countess

DVD - 2006
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A blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd and sometimes illicit jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006, 2005.
Edition: Widescreen format.
ISBN: 9781404989320
1404989323
Characteristics: 1videodisc (ca. 136 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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Jul 27, 2015

Rated 6/10.

hania4987 Oct 08, 2013

Wonderful cast, stunningly beautiful cinematography, and exquisite detail. The story takes place in the foreign community living in 1930's Shanghai; and centers on Sophia and her remaining family of Russian aristocrats exiled after the Revolution. She is making her living in the cafe society where she meets an unexpected benefactor, Jackson, a former American diplomat who has lost his family and his eyesight.
It's a poignant story of broken people trying to make their way in their new world. The Japanese invasion of Shanghai marks a new chapter in their lives. The story is a little choppy and ends a little abruptly, but on a hopeful note.

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BertBailey
Sep 07, 2013

I found Ralph Fiennes's interactions with Mr Matsuda embarrassingly bad, the friendship based on shallow observations, the dialogue pedestrian and stilted in delivery, and the charm of a very low wattage. Fiennes plays his part as if he's an apprentice blind person, walking into plants and things for no good reason, quite unable to divine where to find the car door. That's not how sober blind people conduct themselves. In part, it's his fake accent, though it's also the poor art direction: Shanghai my foot. No colour whatever. Natasha was an interesting woman, and almost saves this, but there's something completely stunted and actionless about the script that makes it unsalvageable.

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miaone
Dec 24, 2012

The film is a jewel, featuring as it does 3 famous women from the Redgrave family: Natasha Richardson, Vanessa, & Lynn. For them alone I would treasure it, but it also has a fascinating plot and setting which many history-and-geography-shy Americans might not know about.
Additionally, as a previous commenter notes, it's a gorgeous film visually. And, oh, yeah, Ralph Fiennes is in it, too, never a bad thing! (smile)

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avanhald
Jan 01, 2012

Accents aside, I enjoyed the movie. The videography is gorgeous, the scenes appear authentic. The period costumes contribute to make the movie whole. Paints a realistic picture of Shanghai before the japanese invasion. avanhald

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sheilamr
Mar 28, 2011

I was very disappointed with this film. With this cast, director and writer, it should have been really good. Turned out to be very slow and ponderous with little to redeem it. If you make it through to the last 30 minutes or so, their is more to hold you with a some beautiful Chinese street scenes and chaos and some welcomed tension. Ralph Fiennes had an appalling American accent - even to a Brit's ears

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