Silk (2007)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 7% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

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.

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Julia Wallace
Village Voice

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

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Brandon Fibbs
Christianity Today

It is worse than a straightforward bad film, it is a middling, stagnant film that could have been extraordinary.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

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

James Berardinelli

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

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

i sta narkotika tha se riksei, i stin katatonia, an kaneis to lathos na tin pareis sta sobara os otidipote allo para eykairia eksaskisis ton kanibalistikon soy enstikton

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Limp satire.

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Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

A flat story, lean characters and a miscast lead make this a poor facsimile of period epics like Farewell My Concubine.

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Flixster Audience Score: 29% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
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… More
Mason Williams
Silk, is a very good drama starring Keira Knightley. This story takes place in the 19th century France. A young couple falls in love and the young man (Michael… More
Dean McKenna
Wonderful period drama-romance story (there goes Kiera Knightley's other period movies since <i>Atonement</i> and <i>Pride &… More
Shauna Robinson
Silk suffers from the dull factor and there is nothing I hate more than having to sit through a very dull film. The beautiful scenery and stunning… More
Nani Vang
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… More
Nicki Marie
I didn't actually know if I liked this one all that much until it got to the end, but it did turn out to be worth watching and very moving. It is not a… More