Silk (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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.
R (for sexuality and nudity)
Drama , Romance
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Michael Pitt
as Herve Joncour
Keira Knightley
as Helene Joncour
Alfred Molina
as Baldabiou
Koji Yakusho
as Hara Jubei
Miki Nakatani
as Madame Blanche
Mark Rendall
as Ludovic
Marc Fiorini
as Chabert
Sei Ashina
as The Girl
Tony Vogel
as Café Verdun Man #1
Kenneth Welsh
as Mayor Joncour
Martha Burns
as Mme. Joncour
Carlo Cecchi
as Priest
Chiara Stampone
as Béatrice Berbek
Toru Tezuka
as Japanese Guide
Hiroya Morita
as Japanese Elder #1
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Critic Reviews for Silk

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (20)

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Though elegantly staged, Silk is badly written and indifferently cast.

September 27, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Silk isn't just bad. It's utterly mad.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's a perfect example of how awful direction and performances can ruin an adequate screenplay.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Top Critic

Limp satire.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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.

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

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