Europe and Asia serve as
the background for the adaptation of the best selling novel
by Alessandro Baricco’s, Silk. The scenery is only part of a
captivating love story by director and screenwriter Francois
Girard (The Red Violin) that takes us back in time and into
two different cultures bringing sensuality, obsession,
intrigued, and a heartfelt story. A masterpiece indeed!!
Herve Joncour (Michael Pitt) is asked by the town’s most
prosperous businessman Baldabiou (Alfred Molina) to make
several dangerous trips to other countries in search of
silkworms after getting married to Helene Joncour (Keira
Knightley). In one of those trips he becomes obsessed with
the concubine of a Japanese warlord and has to make a
decision that could jeopardize his marriage.
The movie is incredibly entertaining as it embraces 19th
century France and the economic struggle of a town to find
silk worms, the dangerous trips by Joncour and how true love
is put to the test. The emotions are easy to palpate and
lets the audience captured the true essence of the story.
Baricco should be proud about the way this story has been
set up in cinematography bringing an adaption that is more
than excellent, clever.
However, this film loses its stars due to casting. The
performance by Michael Pitt is weak and lacks the spirit of
a true merchant. Even his voice is plain and monotonous as
he tells the story. The supporting actors like Keira
Knightley, Alfred Molina and Koji Yakusho were espectacular
saving ground for Pitt.
Overall this is a must see video for romantic movie lovers!!
2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (16x9)
5.1 (Dolby Digital) - English 2.0 Stereo Surround .
Subtitles - English Spanish - Optional
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