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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Girl
... Hervé Joncour
Tony Vogel ... Café Verdun Man #1
Toni Bertorelli ... Verdun
... Hélène Joncour
... Mayor Joncour
... Mme. Joncour
... Baldabiou
Michael Golding ... Clerk
Carlo Cecchi ... Priest
Chiara Stampone ... Béatrice Berbek
... M. Chabert
... M. Loiseau (as Leslie Csuth)
Tôru Tezuka ... Japanese Guide
Hiroya Morita ... Japanese Elder #1
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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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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  »

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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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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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A wise masterpiece.
16 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

In 1862 France, a small town mayor's son marries an exquisite young woman. Soon after, he's hired by a silk merchant to travel thousands of miles by carriage, train, caravan, ship and horseback to buy silkworm eggs in a remote mountain village in Japan – an isolated nation torn apart by warlords and hostile to Westerners. Although he has a beautiful and loving wife awaiting his return, he becomes obsessed with the lovely young concubine of a powerful Japanese feudal baron. His choice, love or desire. However, in real life neither of these beauties would give the mayor's son the time of day because he's a lethargic, vacuous, sleepwalking, unkempt zombie. Fortunately, the gorgeous wife, concubine, prostitute and cinematography overcome this egregious miscasting and make the film a wise masterpiece.


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