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The White Countess

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James Ivory

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About the Movie

In this final film by Oscar-nominated producer Ismail Merchant (1994, Best Picture, Remains of the Day), and Oscar-nominee James Ivory (1993, Best Director, Howard's End), 1930s Shanghai provides the backdrop for this exceptional drama starring two-time Oscar-nominee Ralph Fiennes (1997, Best Actor, The English Patient; 1994, Best Supporting Actor, Shindler's List) as Todd Jackson, a diplomat blinded in a bombing. An encounter with Sophia (Natasha Richardson, Maid in Manhattan), an exiled Countess employed as a bar girl, inspires him to open his own club, but only if she will work for him. Sophia's in-laws (two-time Oscar-nominee Lynn Redgrave) and Sarah (Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave), greedily pocket her income, but denounce her as a bad influence on her daughter. When Japanese troops invade the city, a mass exodus ensues! Alone and afraid, Sophia clings to the only hope left to her - finding her missing daughter!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 88
  • Fresh: 44
  • Rotten: 44
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's a pleasure to report that their swan song, written by Kazuo Ishiguro, is a gilded-canvas work of graceful and touching skill. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: As the last film from the legendary team of Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, who died in May, The White Countess is a stirring tribute to Merchant, a true builder of dreams in an industry now sorely bereft of his unique spirit. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Aug 14, 2007

Rotten: Sumptuous to look at, tastefully dull, and ultimately rather silly, it whisks us to a far-off land -- the Shanghai expatriate community on the eve of World War II -- and strands us among cooked-up characters and emotions. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Rotten: Despite its brilliant evocation of this great city at this most provocative time in history, the movie just gets sillier and sillier. – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Another great movie..

It's so nice movie as great as Ralph Fine's movies. I loved the Scenes colors and shots. the music. the acting is so good.

The White Countess
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2006

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