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The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Vogel ...
Café Verdun Man #1
Toni Bertorelli ...
Michael Golding ...
Carlo Cecchi ...
Chiara Stampone ...
M. Loiseau (as Leslie Csuth)
Toru Tezuka ...
Japanese Guide
Hiroya Morita ...
Japanese Elder #1


A married silkworm smuggler, Herve Joncour, in 19th Century France who travels to Japan to collect his clandestine cargo. While there he spots a beautiful Japanese woman, the concubine of a local baron, with whom he becomes obsessed. Without speaking the same language, they communicate through letters until war intervenes. Their unrequited love persists however, and Herve's wife Helene begins to suspect. Written by Anonymous

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Each step away from her... brings him closer. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 September 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Retrato de amor  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$126,537 (USA) (14 September 2007)


$1,101,711 (USA) (2 November 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Hervé Joncour: Steaming water. Strange trees. Laughing children. Her skin... those eyes. But why should I tell you about it? Why now? Maybe I just need to tell someone about it. And that someone is you.
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What a bore
16 November 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Can we really watch a movie lasting almost two hours just for its stunning cinematography and some glimpse of storytelling, or should it rather be the other way around? I think "Silk" proves that it is often impossible to adequately translate a deep, emotionally charged book into a credible and enjoyable movie. Personally, I just got terribly bored less than halfway through the movie. Yes, it is visually compelling. And yes, there are some fine moments in the acting, especially from Alfred Molina. But as a whole this leaves with quite a disappointing feeling in the viewer, the feeling that with all that money and resources and brilliant actors perhaps they could have come up with something a bit different. And a little less slow.

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