Friday, March 16, 2012

Salmon fishing in the Yemen

Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Amr Waked , Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Blunt, Catherine Steadman, Tom Beard, Tom Mison

A gentle romantic dramedy based on Paul Torday’s 2006 novel of the same name. A wealthy sheikh (Amr Waked) comes up with an implausible scheme to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen and the British prime minister jumps on the idea as a ploy to distract public interest from the nasty business in the Middle East. Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) is a fisheries expert working for the British government and the sheikh’s British representative, Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt), cajoles Alfred into helping. The prospect of exporting 1000s of live salmon to the Middle East causes uproar with British fishermen and at the last minute farmed salmon are substituted but will they adapt to their new local. You need to see the movie to find out. Meantime Jones and his wife (Catherine Steadman) are drifting apart, and Harriet’s beau (Tom Mison) has just been deployed to Afghanistan, so naturally what follows is a love story of sorts. Good performance (as always) from Kristin Scott Thomas as Patricia Maxwell, the press secretary for the British Prime Minister. This is a feel good movie which is mildly amusing, but little else.

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