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Silk

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Jacques-Yves Gucia

Silk

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
116 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/14/07
performer:
Keira Knightley, Michael Pitt, Alfred Molina, Koji Yakusho
director:
Francois Girard
distributor:
Picturehouse
author:
Francois Girard, Michael Golding
genre:
Romance, Drama

We gave it a C-

What we’re told in Silk is that Michael Pitt personifies a French 19th-century silkworm merchant in love with his wife but obsessed with a mysterious woman he glimpses on business in Japan. What we see is a mopey fellow without the energy to comb his hair. As the wife with even less to do in this wan, generically pretty adaptation of Alessandro Baricco’s 1996 novel, Keira Knightley doles out dewy smiles to her costar like biscuit rewards. This leaves Alfred Molina, as Pitt’s boss, to try something — anything — to enliven the movie.