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Jacques-Yves Gucia

After seeing Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice, François Girard targeted her for his adaptation of Alessandro Barrico’s 19th-century love story. ”Everyone thought [getting her] was unrealistic,” he says. But Knightley — who the director says is ”a great fan of the book” — said yes. She plays the wife of an officer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch‘s Michael Pitt) who’s sent to gather silkworms in Japan, where he has an obsessive affair with a concubine. Why do we suspect this doesn’t have a happy ending?