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Movie Spoiler: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (capsule review follows). to place a healthy spin on English-Middle-Eastern relations. At work. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is the story of an extremely wealthy Dr Jones is in a practical and altogether loveless marriage, The end of the book though is utterly shocking and breaks with convention in every way. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen totally misses the boat In the end I realised that, with Local Hero, he'd already made it. Three years ago, we set out to make The Guardian sustainable by deepening our relationship with our.
It says exactly what the film is about though. A wealthy Sheikh wants to bring salmon from Great Britain into Yemen to introduce the sport of salmon fishing to his country. It is a massive project, costing 50 million pounds. British fisheries expert Alfred Jones Ewan McGregorthinks the project is nearly impossible and a massive waste of time.
He is forced to work on it, though, by the Prime Minister's press secretary, who is desperate for a good story about Anglo-Yemeni relations. The Sheikh's determined representative Harriet Chetwode-Talbot Emily Bluntrefuses to accept failure on the project. Alfred and Harriet are forced to work together on the project.
Eventually, Harriet's optimistic attitude begins to erode at Alfred's skepticism about the project. Both become heavily invested in the project. Alfred is having serious trouble with his marriage. Harriet's boyfriend is MIA in Afghanistan. The two of them rely on each other and the project for support. Over time, of course, they fall in love. They are extraordinarily easy to cheer for.
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We become invested in their relationship over the course of the film. Both their relationship and the salmon project have long odds, but a resounding message of the film is hope against all odds. The viewer, in turn, hopes for a desirable outcome for all involved. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is an extremely pleasant feel-good movie. It emphasizes ideals of hope, faith, and love.
The cynics out there will probably hate it, but for idealists like me, it is a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours. Chris M August 7, Let's be honest here, the news in general nowadays is extremely depressing especially for countries in the Middle East.
Whenever there's news relating to a country in that area of the world, you can practically count on it not being good news. But yet, there's always a chance that not all hope is lost for any place where there seemingly is no hope.
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That's when a film like Salmon Fishing in the Yemen comes in which proposes that very idea with its story that follows characters who try and find a positive story in an area in the Middle East. Harriet represents a wealthy sheik Amr Waked who resides in both Great Britain and Yemen, and has an unusual fondness for salmon fishing. He wants to take a healthy population of salmon from the British lakes, and transport them to the Yemen River to live and breed.
The reason this plot does not make for good cocktail party small talk or water cooler chatter is because it takes such a long time to describe the rationale behind such an ambitious task.
For instance, can salmon, who thrive in cold water, even survive in the Middle East, where it's obviously hot? Plus, why would people from Yemen even be interested in fishing?
The film answers these questions and others very well, and allows the story to breathe better as each subplot reveals itself. Nothing is rushed in this movie, which, while a few parts drag here and there, is overall a welcome departure from certain high-octane multiplex drivel that passes as entertainment. Once you actually listen to the characters and hear their reasoning, a lot of the story makes sense.
This fact is especially true for Amr Waked, who is not yet a well known actor, but whose character has a profound impact on the film.
Western audiences are not used to seeing a Middle Eastern character that is not a terrorist, let alone one who credibly connects fishing and faith better than any PBS show even could. Waked, who is Egyptian in real life but whose character is Yemeni, does so incredibly well, and is truly the breakout star of this movie.
Harriet, a woman who must keep her cool in all situations, is struggling without her fiance and not hearing from him unnerves her. The end of the book though is utterly shocking and breaks with convention in every way.
Though some unexpected endings work well, this one seemed completely out of place and was ultimately quite jarring and unsatisfactory. Due possibly to the constant shift in styles, it also doesn't feel like it really ends - it just stops.
I actually turned the page to see what happened next and realised there was no more. Paul Torday's book was interesting in its delivery thanks to the combination of communications - there are emails, letters, memos and interview transcriptions. This makes it an easy book to dip in and out of. There are no chapter headings, only shifts in communication style.
There is comedy, drama and emotion. Overall, it was an interesting concept but left a little to be desired in its execution. Sadly, one rather central character - that of the Prime Minister's right-hand man Peter Maxwell - is utterly self-serving and dull to read. When there were pages and pages of his interview, I found myself skimming through them.