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

I was surprised to find

our life was still there,

just as I had left it...

but it was about to change.

Keep them closed.

They are closed.

We're almost there.


I'm going to fall.

Don't open them.

No, I'm not. I'm not.


Oh, my.

Well, what is it?

It's your garden.

It's my garden?

Well, not quite.

Not... Yet.

For now, it's a plot of land,

our land.

And the house is also ours,

if you want it.

This is where

we'll grow old, Helene.

But, I don't understand.

The eggs have hatched.

They're perfect.

This year's production

will be huge,

and Baldabiou has

already paid us our share.

We are rich, Helene.

I mean, we're very, very rich.

All this for such tiny eggs.

And the eggs became worms.

And the worms grew stronger.

And we all grew richer.

Nice try.

Isn't it difficult enough

with two hands?

The day the one-handed player wins,

is the day I leave town

and never come back.

Like Ludovic's father.

I never understood

what happened to him.

Did he just disappear?

Well, first,

he stopped talking.

Then one day, he woke up,

packed a suitcase, and left.

Beatrice was about to have Ludovic.

That was quite a blow.

But why did he stop talking

in the first place?

That's one of the many things

he never talked about.


No, no, Papa.


Do you think about it?


What do you see?

Strange trees...

chickens pecking in the dirt,

laughing children.

What about this man?

You hardly mention him.

He was closed...


It's hard to remember

all of it. It...

it's fading away.



I've ask Madame Berbek

to help with the chores.

The house is too much for me.

That's a good idea.

Ludovic is growing.

They must need the money.

I knew you'd understand.

May I see?

No, it's not finished.

I want to look at it.

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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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