Synopsis: A married silkworm smuggler, Herve Joncour, in 19th Century France who travels to Japan to collect his clandestine cargo. While there he spots a beautiful Japanese woman, 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): François Girard
Production: Picturehouse
  7 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Tired, but...

but very beautiful.

I have bad news.

I found dead worms.

Only a few, but, still, too many.

Seems the pbrine got

to Egypt before you did.


They've given it a name.

I need you to go to Japan.


Where is that?

It's that way.

Just keep going

to the end of the world.

Let me show you.

They make the most

perfect silk there.

I held some in my hand once.

It was like holding nothing.

They've been making silk for over

a thousand years,

and they've never even heard

of a diseased egg.

It'll be a longer journey

this time.

Much longer.

Before I speak to the others,

I have to know that

you're ready for this.

But there's a risk.

The journey's long and dangerous,

And it's forbidden to travel

inland beyond Japan's harbors.

No Westerner has done it.

And, yet, a place

where no English broker

or Chinese trader can go

is a place where no

disease can enter.

And why should we succeed

where others have failed?

There's no evidence

that we will succeed,

But I have it from

a trustworthy source

That the Japanese are trading

their silk on the black market.

We're interested in making silk,

not buying it.

I want to send Herv

to trade for eggs, not silk.

But there's still no guarantee,

no matter how good the plan.

How much?

At best, 10,000 francs.

And at worst?

His life.

What is it?

I can't do this.

I cannot go.

But you've already said you would go.

I wasn't thinking...

about us.

I don't want you to give

this up because of me.

It's better than you going off

to fight some stupid war.

You'll be back by spring.

Don't forget.

My Japanese contact will

meet you in Vladivostok.


And her letters for him.

He'll help you find

the village.

All you have to do

is bring back the eggs.

That's all?

Good luck.

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François Girard

François Girard (born January 12, 1963) is a French-Canadian director and screenwriter. Born in Quebec, Girard's career began on the Montreal art video circuit. In 1990, he produced his first feature film, Cargo; he attained international recognition following his 1993 Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, a series of vignettes about the life of piano prodigy Glenn Gould. In 1998, he wrote and directed The Red Violin, which follows the ownership of a red violin over several centuries. The Red Violin won an Academy Award for Best Original Score, thirteen Genie Awards and nine Jutra Awards. He has also directed various works for the stage, including Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Oedipus Rex and Novencento at the Edinburgh International Festival; Kafka's The Trial, adapted for the stage by Serge Lamothe at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa; the oratorio Lost Objects at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Siegfried in Toronto; and The Lindbergh Flight and The Seven Deadly Sins, first in Lyon and then in Edinburgh. Girard has also produced a residency show for Cirque du Soleil, Zed, in Tokyo and Zarkana, which opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York in the summer of 2011.In 2013 the Metropolitan Opera in New York opened a new production of Richard Wagner's Parsifal directed by Girard. The production received near universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike.His television credits include Le dortoir, Peter Gabriel's Secret World and The Sound of the Carceri, one of the six episodes of Yo Yo Ma Inspired by Bach. more…

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