Rating: R for nudity and language
Run Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes
Philip Roth’s enigmatic novel of the same name gets a dramatic big screen treatment that resonates with pain and pathos.
Silk (Anthony Hopkins) is a respected professor of classics at a prestigious
With his life in ruins, Silk travels a long road to personal recovery courtesy of two influential friendships -- one with a reclusive novelist (Gary Sinise as Nathan Zuckerman), and the second a more scandalous affair with a working-class woman struggling with her own emotional demons (Nicole Kidman as Faunia Farely).
Silk ignores the judgmental scrutiny of his lowbrow romance and perseveres with what he considers to be his last love. Faunia weathers the emotional storm precariously, hemmed in by white-trash ethics and a bitter ex-husband (Ed Harris) who won’t leave things be.
the kind of adult drama that brings Oscar calling. The conceit of mismatched lovers trying to re-align
their fates is pregnant with pride and humiliation.
(and beautifully photographed) cheek-to-cheek dance lesson delivered by Sinise