2008-01-10 16:42
What it's about:

Based on the Alessandro Baricco's novel, this story set in the 19th Century. Married, French, silkworm smuggler, Herve Joncour (Pitt), travels to Japan to collect his clandestine cargo. While there he spots a beautiful European woman (Keira Knightley), the concubine of a local baron, with whom he becomes obsessed. Without speaking the same language, they communicate through letters until war intervenes. Their unrequited love persists however, and Herve's wife Helene begins to suspect.

What the critics say:

"Impenetrable musings intended to evoke ineffable romantic longing leave you scratching your head as you wait, ever more impatiently, for something to happen."
Stephen Holden, New York Times

"What we see is a mopey fellow without the energy to comb his hair."
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"DoP Alain Dostie's luminous images are breathtaking, but Alessandro Baricco's source novel is intensely interior and demands a lead whose face can register deep, flickering emotions."
Maitland McDonagh, Time Out
A French silkworm merchant travels to Japan and has an affair with a Nobleman's concubine, leaving his faithful wife alone in war-torn France.

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