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PG-13| 2 hr. 18 min.

Plot Summary
In 1930s Shanghai, blind American ex-diplomat Todd Jackson (Ralph Fiennes) is a frequenter of the city's seamy underbelly of nightclubs and gambling houses. Todd is infatuated with Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a once-wealthy countess who has taken to dancing and prostitution in order to support herself. With earnings from a horse race, Todd opens an upscale nightclub to cater to Shanghai's wealthy elite, installing Sofia -- "The White Countess" -- as its hostess and spiritual muse.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes , Natasha Richardson , Vanessa Redgrave , Lynn Redgrave , John Wood , Madeleine Potter , Allan Corduner , Hiroyuki Sanada

Director: James Ivory

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The White Countess (2005)

Release Date: December 21st, 2005|2 hr. 18 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Richardson -- acting with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, who plays her aunt, and her aunt Lynn Redgrave, who plays her mother -- finds the story's grieving heart. Fiennes is her match in soulful artistry. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is Merchant-Ivory's kind of showmanship, the unflashy adult variety of movie magic that they made their hallmark. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The film takes a long time to unfold, and some scenes feel inert. But ultimately, the conclusion is moving and satisfying. show more

  • August 29, 2011 tucsonjl
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    I found nothing of any value, or interest, in this movie. I found Ralph Fiennes to be a source of irritation throughout the film.

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