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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen [Blu-ray] [Includes Digital Copy; UltraViolet]
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A handful of curious Brits become fish out of water when they get mixed up in the dream project of an eccentric sheikh in this satirical comedy. Emily Blunt is Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, a British businesswoman who manages the financial affairs of a wealthy but eccentric Arab named Sheikh Muhammed (Amr Waked). Muhammed's latest proposition involves paying fifty million pounds to fully stock a Yemeni river with salmon, and thus engender sport fishing in the desert region. To better gauge the feasibility of this wild plan, Harriet contacts
Dr. Alfred "Fred" Jones (Ewan McGregor), a Scottish scientist who specializes in establishing fisheries. Jones shoots the plan down instantly, but soon Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas), the press secretary to the British prime minister, catches wind of it and sees it as the ideal way to promote better international relations between England and the Middle East, especially in light of the torrent of bad news concerning terrorism and general unrest in the Arabic countries. She does everything she can to turn Jones around. Though the scientist will have no part of it at first, he's threatened with job termination if he refuses, and then sets out to create a fully stocked lake in the middle of the desert. As Jones takes on a project that ranks somewhere between ridiculous and impossible, he also finds he's falling in love with Chetwode-Talbot, though the fact that he's married and she has a boyfriend (Tom Mison) fighting in the Middle East makes things sticky. Based on the best-selling novel by Paul Torday, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN received its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin, Scott Thomas, Amr Waked, Tom Mison
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] distinct delight, brimming over with spirit and surprise."
"[The film] takes us back to the sort of achingly civilized love story in which the only thing that really stands in the way of two people falling for each other is their own decorum." -- Grade: B
"A pleasant fantasy with a crackerjack title....Blunt and McGregor are two of the most gifted and attractive actors working today, able to play off each other with great style..."
Los Angeles Times
"SALMON makes a strong, subtle case about finding our oases no matter the desert....SALMON is a catch."
4 stars out of 5 -- "Director Lasse Hallstrom is back in top form with SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, the first pure delight of 2012; it's a movie that makes you feel good about going to the movies again."
"Mr. Hallstrom and the screenwriter Simon Beaufoy have transformed Paul Tordays absurdist political satire, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN into a whimsical romantic comedy."
New York Times
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