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Silk (2007)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 52

Silk contains a simple love triangle story but director Francois Gerard goes to painstaking lengths to turn it into a protracted and wearisome art film.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 19

Silk contains a simple love triangle story but director Francois Gerard goes to painstaking lengths to turn it into a protracted and wearisome art film.



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Francois Girard's adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's novel Silk stars Michael Pitt as a young Frenchman who travels to Japan at the request of a wealthy silkworm magnate who asks him to smuggle back some new worms. The mission succeeds, and this allows the man to live in great comfort with his wife (Keira Knightley). After a few years, they are unable to conceive a child, a situation that leads to the man taking on a lover during his subsequent visits to Japan. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi


Drama, Romance

François Girard, Michael Golding

Feb 26, 2008



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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (52) | DVD (3)

François Girard's Silk is not merely painterly. It might as well be a painting, for all that it eschews storytelling, forcing the viewer to scan the lush imagery in search of clues to what, if anything, might be going on.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Though elegantly staged, Silk is badly written and indifferently cast.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Sensual but profoundly silly, Silk is ultimately little more than softcore porn with arthouse trappings, a moony, dopily romantic Red Shoe Diaries variation for the NPR set.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Silk isn't just bad. It's utterly mad.

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's a perfect example of how awful direction and performances can ruin an adequate screenplay.

September 15, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Limp satire.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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It is worse than a straightforward bad film, it is a middling, stagnant film that could have been extraordinary.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

i sta narkotika tha se riksei, i stin katatonia, an kaneis to lathos na tin pareis sta sobara os otidipote allo para eykairia eksaskisis ton kanibalistikon soy enstikton

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A flat story, lean characters and a miscast lead make this a poor facsimile of period epics like Farewell My Concubine.

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Tremulous eroticism a-go-go, but it's all completely lifeless.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

Dralon is more like it.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

THE new Keira Knightley film is a visual delight. Unfortunately, the dialogue is far from delightful.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Crashing bore of a movie.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A problematic period movie, Silk is anything but finely spun. Unaided by lacklusture performances from the leads, director Francois Girard seems more interested in crafting a beautiful travelogue than he does a moving melodrama.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Francois Girard's film proves a cross-cultural yawn, as if taking its cue from Pitt's blank-faced blandness and Keira Knightley's anaemic support.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

Sluggish storytelling enlivens neither Pitt's infatuation with a local concubine nor the stubbornly feudal society it's set against. Worst of all, though, you just never give a toss.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Gorgeous to look at but ultimately disappointing, Silk is let down by stilted direction, an extremely dull script and a badly miscast Michael Pitt.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Dull period drama goes for sensuality over story.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The movie is at its best as a collage of environments representing states of mind.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

It is interesting and not riveting, lovely and not luxurious, good and not great. Some may even find it boring. It certainly is repetitive.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

While the locations are stunning and the cinematography (by Alain Dostie) frequently pulls off compositions of breathtaking beauty, the flimsy emotional journey left me bored and frustrated -- never a good combination.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The lack of overt instances of exposition consequently ensures that one's enjoyment of the movie is directly related to one's familiarity with Baricco's book...

September 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Audience Reviews for Silk

I've no idea what compelled me to watch this film, either before watching or during and whilst I wouldn't be able to explain the slow plotted story to anyone else, I have to admit that there is something about Michael Pitt that is addictive to watch and perhaps that is what made me stay with this film and strangely I found it quite enjoyable.
February 19, 2011

Super Reviewer

Wonderful period drama-romance story (there goes Kiera Knightley's other period movies since Atonement and Pride & Prejudice).
The journeys are probably the best bits in the movie, with lush landscapes filling the screen in all serenity of the turmoils that are yet to come. I thought director Francois Girard tried to ape Terence Mallick's direction, with lush natural beauty punctuated with voice over narration of the character's inner-most thoughts. We learn a lot of what's going on in Herve's (played by Michael Pitt) mind, as he tells us the story of his being, and the conflict he faces when he gets tempted to committing adultery, never forgetting about his tryst overseas when back home he has a lovely wife (played by Knightley) to go home to.
February 20, 2010
Dean McKenna

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Somewhat of a simple love story, but I still thought the acting and and story itself was well done. Michael Pitt's character is married to Keira Knightley who he loves dearly, but while on a long trip to Japan he's drawn to a concubine. Although the time they spent together were limited, there was something about their quiet relationship that somehow touched me. I also felt the same way about his relationship with his wife...the scenery was beautiful throughout.
July 13, 2009

Super Reviewer

Silk, is a very good drama starring Keira Knightley. This story takes place in the 19th century France. A young couple falls in love and the young man (Michael Pitt) is to smuggle silk worms back for his new prosperous factory where he is woven into love and other assorted drama.
December 6, 2008
Mason Williams

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