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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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Salmon Fishing In The Yemen is Paul Torday

Having directed previous easy-to-digest, standard romantic fare such as Chocolat and Dear John, one can know what to expect with Lasse Hallström’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. It is a simple work, bizarrely surrounding fish and international relations: Dr Alfred Jones – portrayed by a rather oddly placed Ewan McGregor – an expert in fisheries working for the British government, is called upon by consultant (and representative of a wealthy Yemeni sheikh) Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) to introduce salmon fly-fishing to the deserts of Yemen in accordance with the vision of Sheikh Muhammad (Amr Waked). Alfred initially dismisses the idea as ridiculous, but eventually – after much pressure from the Prime Minister’s press secretary, the sharp Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas) who wants to use the project as a press opportunity to show good Anglo-Arab relations in the midst of war, joins the project. He comes to believe in the project after spending time with Harriet and Sheikh Muhammad, and work towards the dream of bringing salmon fishing to Yemen.

As it stands, the best elements of the film become mired in the unwelcome narrative muck, branding Salmon Fishing in the Yemen the one that got away.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN")

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Is it Even Possible?

TURAN: Enter "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen."

As it stands, the best elements of the film become mired in the unwelcome narrative muck, branding Salmon Fishing in the Yemen the one that got away.

Whilst this is a gentle film with a nice enough story, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a fairly cheesy, basic, forgettable rom-com with very diluted romance and comedy. It doesn’t offer enough and feels muddled, ending up boring its audience. It is something that one will probably see once, and never need to see again.