Wow. What an amazing beautiful film. Looking up W. Somerset Maugham on wikipedia I discovered the it was a remake of a Greta Garbo film... so interesting.
What an amazing story. I guess for me I was more focussed on the portrait of marriage than the individuals. It can be a very lonely place whether you are in the deepest darkest depths of China or the Australian suburbs. I think Maugham dealt with this really well - the idea that maybe you need to go out of yourself to meet your partner halfway... something like that. Maybe I'm reading too much of my own stuff into it but I really was moved by the bind they got themselves in as a couple and how they managed to unbind themselves. Edward Norton is amazing. His poise and his anger were perfect for the role. Naomi Watts was great too - I have never really liked her I found her too much like Nicole Kidman in her mannerisms and her voice to take her seriously. However this role really took me away from that image of her and I was totally engrossed with the story and the visuals. When it ended I was shocked to find it only went for two hours! I could have sat there for another two hours in that place with them. The scenery was incredible. maybe the film wouldn't hold up to too much scrutiny but the chemistry between Norton and Watts as well as the landscape made it a perfect film for me. Grand and visual and engrossing!
I must read the book.
The official website has a beautiful gallery of images.