Yes (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom/USA, 2004.  Adventure Pictures, GreeneStreet Films, Studio Fierberg, UK Film Council.  Screenplay by Sally Potter.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by Sally Potter.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Very few directors can pull off experimentation without being rankly pretentious about it, and Sally Potter’s career is proof that she is among those who can. It’s a film with a simple story, about an affair between an immigrant chef in London () and a married corporate business woman (Joan Allen), but here’s the fun part: all the dialogue is delivered in iambic pentameter. The cast is rounded out by  as Allen’s politician husband and as their maid (who also delivers monologues to the camera, functioning as a chorus) and with actors this good, the self-aware nature of the prosaic dialogue never feels forced or contrived. When combined with Potter’s sturdy direction and beautiful visuals it makes for a film that is a feast for the senses, the heart and the mind.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2004

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