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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Critic Reviews for Silk
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.
Though elegantly staged, Silk is badly written and indifferently cast.
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.
It's a perfect example of how awful direction and performances can ruin an adequate screenplay.
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.
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.
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.
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