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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

2012-04-30 11:17
 
Make the improbable possible.
What it's about:

When Britain's leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh's (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable.

But when the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a "good will" story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.


What the critics thought:

"While both Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor are enormously appealing actors, [director Lasse] Hallström has made a movie that pretends it is something it's not - namely, an intelligent romantic comedy."
- John Anderson, Newsday


"Despite sporting the worst cinematic title since The Chumscrubber, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen hooks some charming laughs and a quaint romance by not delving too deeply into its subject matter."
- Scott Bowles, USA Today


"Somehow managing to be both twee and edgy, the absurdist but gently winning romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen works a strange kind of wonder."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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Melanie-ann Diesel 5/7/2012 11:52 AM
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As with "Chocolat" Lasse Hällstrom has produced another gem. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" is an absolute joy to watch. The premise may sound silly, a (very gorgeous!) sheikh wants to transport salmon to the largely desert-like Yemen but it is so engaging and well executed that it actually seems plausible. The script sparkles and the cast acquit themselves well, particularly Kristin Scott-Thomas who is the highlight of the film with hilarious one-liners. Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt have terrific chemistry but unfortunately Ewan stays fully clothed so..... 9/10
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