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Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

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Lasse Hallström’s charming and witty adaptation of Paul Torday’s bestselling novel stars Ewan McGregor as Fred Jones, a fisheries expert and academic who works for the British government. When he’s approached by Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) with a plan to introduce salmon into the waterways of Yemen for the purpose of sport fishing, he laughs off the scheme, claiming it impossible. Harriet acts as the British representative of an amiable and benevolent sheikh (Amr Waked), who fulfills his love of fishing on frequent trips to his estate in the ruggedly gorgeous Scottish highlands. The sheik believes that fishing creates a spiritual connection between humans and nature, and feels that bringing the sport to Yemen would benefit his people. The proposal catches the ear of the British prime minister’s spokesperson, Bridget Maxwell (Kristen Scott-Thomas). Desperate to detract attention from some unwanted publicity, Bridget sees Harriet’s idea as the perfect opportunity to promote what will appear to be a heartfelt story of British goodwill in the Middle East. Despite Fred’s protests, he soon finds himself working on a project that seems not only frivolous but absolutely unfeasible in the arid land of Yemen. His skepticism is matched only by the sheikh’s boundless optimism – and limitless budget. As the mission begins to succeed, Fred grows closer to Harriet. Despite the many obstacles that stand in the way of their romance, their relationship affords an unexpected and welcome sense of hope for two lonely individuals. Hallström (The Shipping News, Chocolat) brings the novel to life as a delightful adventure, one in which theories and doubts are swept aside by a belief in the unattainable. – Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival Official Trailer

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Directed by: 
Lasse Hallstrom
Running Time: 
Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked
Screenplay by: 
Simon Beaufoy

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