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Silk (2007)

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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.

Director:

François Girard

Writers:

Alessandro Baricco (novel), François Girard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sei Ashina ... The Girl
Michael Pitt ... Hervé Joncour
Tony Vogel ... Café Verdun Man #1
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... Verdun
Keira Knightley ... Hélène Joncour
Kenneth Welsh ... Mayor Joncour
Martha Burns ... Mme. Joncour
Alfred Molina ... Baldabiou
Michael Golding Michael Golding ... Clerk
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Priest
Chiara Stampone Chiara Stampone ... Béatrice Berbek
Marc Fiorini ... M. Chabert
Alexander Brooks ... M. Loiseau (as Leslie Csuth)
Tôru Tezuka Tôru Tezuka ... Japanese Guide
Hiroya Morita Hiroya Morita ... Japanese Elder #1
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | France | Italy | UK | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese | Latin

Release Date:

21 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Retrato de amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$126,537, 16 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,103,075, 15 November 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,551,009, 8 June 2008
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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beautiful
11 September 2012 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

for images, performance of actors, for touching feeling and for the courage to create an adaptation to a novel of silence. because it is not far by Barricco book. and its virtue is science to suggest, to present the secret heart of beauty with grace and delicacy. to suggest, to open, to make details as steps of ladder to the heart of sad and full of force story about a mission, love and travels. a fragile world , bridge between text and film, meditation and seed of emotions. sure, the cast is remarkable. in case of Keira Knightley is not a really surprise. but Michael Pitt may be a kind of revelation. not impressive but interesting for art to give perfect nuances to his character. a beautiful movie. and a remarkable work


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