Big question: Can director Francois Girard's ("The Red Violin") adaptation of Alessandro Barrico's novel spin a romantic tale of longing without putting us to sleep?
Catch it: If you can find your way anywhere without specific directions. When Herve asks how to get to Japan, his employer Baldabiou (Alfred Molina) points to the right and says, "It's that way. Keep going 'til the end of the world." No compass needed!
Bottom line: Watching "Silk" is like being slapped in the face by a feather: You're surprised that something so soft can grab your attention but have neither emotional nor physical bruises to show for it.
Bonus: Baldabiou mentions that Herve's journey could yield results as profitable as 10,000 francs, or as negative as, um, Herve's death. Well, great to know exactly how much your life is worth!
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
In English and unsubtitled Japanese. Running time: 1:56. MPAA rating: R (for sexuality and nudity).