Silk

2007, Romance/Drama, 1h 49m

56 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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French silkworm trader Hervé (Michael Pitt) is married to the beautiful Hélène (Keira Knightley). When an outbreak of disease ravages European silkworms, Hervé must travel to Japan to retrieve healthy eggs. After a long journey, Hervé finally arrives at a village where he can buy them. Here he becomes infatuated with a young concubine (Sei Ashina) and goes to great lengths to see her again. But, when war breaks out in Japan, the concubine flees, forcing Hervé to return home to his wife.

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  • Sep 13, 2017
    Absolutely gorgeous film to look at, which is about all you get as the story and most performances are dramatically flat. The worst offender is the completely miscast Michael Pitt as the main character, appearing both out of time and place as an Englishman, and showing absolutely none of the passion required to drive the story passion required to spark this story of conflicting desires.
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  • Jun 17, 2012
    Silk is a melodramatic period film that lacks passion and intrigue. The story follows a French silk merchant who travels to Japan and becomes enchanting by a mysterious woman, then proceeds to return year after year in the hopes of seeing her again. The film stars Michael Pitt, Keira Knightley, and Alfred Molina, none of whom give particularly good performances. In fact, Pitt's performance is especial dull and bereft of emotion; which is a significant problem given that his character is the central focus of the film. And the pacing of the film is terrible, killing off any interest the story has. Silk is a bland, lifeless film that goes on forever and gets nowhere.
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  • Feb 20, 2010
    Wonderful period drama-romance story (there goes Kiera Knightley's other period movies since <i>Atonement</i> and <i>Pride & Prejudice</i>). 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.
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  • Aug 21, 2009
    I loved Keira Knightley...Michael Pitt on the other hand wasn't the right person for this role...This was just an average love story...I mean c'mon!! They were supposed to be french people but they were talking on English...but when Pitt's character went to Japan...there people were talking Japanese! Why they weren't all talking English or why weren't all just talking their suppossed-to-be language!!! I have one even better idea! Why this movie wasn't set in England?! Then it wouldn't be weird when Knightley and Pitt talked on English with british accent although they supposed to be FRENCH!
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