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  • R
  • 1h 48m
  • 2007
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At the far side of the world, one man finds a love that changes his life. 1861. French silk merchant Hervé Joncour (Michael Pitt--Last Days) travels to Japan, a nation closed to all foreigners. There, from an enigmatic nobleman, Joncour clandestinely obtains eggs to breed silkworms--and break the Japanese stranglehold on the precious fabric. There Joncour also meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not even speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics 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.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Dull period drama goes for sensuality over story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the only thing that's likely to draw teens to this slow-moving period drama is the fact that star Keira Knightley bares her breasts in one of the film's sensual love scenes. She's not the only one; two other women are shown topless as well, and men are briefly seen naked in profile. On the plus side, there's no profanity and not much violence (though a teenage character is shown hanged, and the main character comes across some burned dead bodies in a ruined village). But the movie's subjects -- the true measure of love and the cost of infidelity -- are definitely aimed more at adults than younger viewers.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 14, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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