Combustible Celluloid
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With: Michael Pitt, Keira Knightley, Alfred Molina, Koji Yakusho, Mark Rendall, Sei Ashina, Leslie Csuth, Marc Forini
Written by: François Girard
Directed by: François Girard
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and nudity
Running Time: 116
Date: 09/11/2007

Silk (2007)

1 Star (out of 4)

Worm Limits

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Michael Pitt is badly miscast and quite awful in the role of 19th century silk trader Herve Joncour; he doesn't even sound credible pronouncing his character's name. Keira Knightley plays his wife who waits while he takes three increasingly dangerous trips to Japan for silkworm eggs. Herve is drawn to a beautiful girl there, but nothing happens. A pair of letters written in Japanese -- of all things -- is supposed to ignite the climax, but the otherwise talented French-Canadian director Fran�ois Girard (The Red Violin) dampens it, choosing instead to frame pretty pictures and frost them with a constant, twittering score. Skilled actors Alfred Molina and Koji Yakusho are trapped in the boredom. Girard and Michael Golding adapted Alessandro Baricco's 1996 novel.{subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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