Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

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(out of 5)

The war in Afghanistan is heating up and the bad PR it gives the Prime Minister of Britain needs to be thwarted. Looking to smooth things over with the public after a devastating terrorist attack committed by western forces, Press Manager (in one of her most devilishly fabulous performances) decides to push through a project she discovers being fostered by a wealthy sheik () and a civil servant in the Department of Fisheries (): they are planning to introduce salmon into the Yemen for the monarch’s angling pleasure. McGregor travels to the Middle East in an effort to get away from his crumbling marriage, while the sheikh’s financial agent () joins McGregor to escape her worries after her new boyfriend has been deployed into battle and gone missing; naturally the two find a middle ground. Sweet, light and ultimately very safe, this is Lasse Hallstrom at his most crowd pleasing, putting together hard elements with the maximum comfort possible, focusing on cutesy romance despite the fact that far more important things are going on in the story. It’s a pleasant, enjoyable experience, one that never gets very far beyond barely exploring the cultural and political issues it entails, with Scott Thomas’s frighteningly blunt character (in case you were wondering what ever happened to Fiona from Four Weddings and a Funeral, this is her nearly twenty years later) being the only one to bear the signs of a much more frightening reality than our gorgeous romantic heroes provide (and shouting at her son that she’s his “fucking mother” is the kind of eccentricity that the film thinks it maintains but never really does).

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United Kingdom, 2011

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2011

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Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Emily Blunt)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Ewan McGregor)

European Film Award Nomination
Audience Award



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