Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a satirical comedy based on a novel by Paul Torday. It revolves around the life of a fishery expert by the name of Dr. Alfred Jones. He is a scientist and his of specialization is that he sets up fisheries at different places according to the needs of the clients. He has worked at various locations but never has he ever imagined in his life that a proposal from Patricia Maxwell who works under the Prime Minister of Yemen is going to change his life forever. Watch Salmon Fishing in the Yemen online to find out that one of the sheikhs with who Patricia is working has come up with a business proposal that can transform the future of the Arab state (Yemen). He wants to set up sports fishing complex in the middle of the desert, as he believes that this sport is going to improve the relations of the country with other nations.
Alfred is reluctant in the beginning as he thinks that it is difficult, also he is going through a lot on the personal front. He is facing troubles in his marriage and to make matters worse the midlife crisis phenomenon is slowly creeping in. Eventually he agrees to the offer because Patricia is quite enthusiastic about it and he meets Harriet Chetwode-Talbot who is the gorgeous businesswoman working with the rich sheikh. Alfred gets ready to transform the desert into a place where diplomats and tourists would come and merrily fish and discuss important issues. As the outlandish project starts Alfred realizes that he is slowly falling for the Harriet. He is married and cannot think of cheating on his wife. Even Harriet has a guy in her life and as things unfold it all become a little messy for them. Will Alfred be successful in setting up the fishery? Will he be able to clear out the mess in his life?
This romantic beguiling saga spins around politics, heroism and last but not the least fly fishing. The movie begins when a consultant approaches the Britain's leading fisheries expert to bring fly fishing to the woods. After hearing this project, the expert arrives on a conclusion and considers this project as an unachievable one. Arab Sheik holds a desire to salmon fishing to Yemen’s Wadis. Fred, the fisheries scientist, finally gets ready to fulfill the dreams of Sheik which is certainly a challenging one. For Fred fishing isn’t less than a God’s service and he believes that this can certainly have an effect on the countrymen. In this mission, Fred comes across Harriet, the gorgeous representative of Sheik. In this mission, the biggest temptation is nothing else but Harriet.
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A pleasant fantasy with a crackerjack title, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"is a charming film whose few attempts at seriousness are best forgotten or ignored. When Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor are your stars, that is easy to do.Blunt and McGregor are two of the most gifted and attractive actors working today, able to play off each other with great style, and when they invest themselves in these amusing characters they bring to life the film's very contrived plot about bringing British angling to the desert of the Middle East.
The film's wayward stabs at significance are the vestiges of the well-received, bittersweet Paul Torday novel that started the ball rolling. But once veteran crowd-pleasers including director Lasse Hallstrom ("Chocolat," "My Life as a Dog") and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire") became involved, the whole picture changed.Among the more welcome alterations was to change the sex of a key character, a British government press officer, from a man to a woman named Patricia Maxwell. This allowed Kristin Scott Thomas to do a sparkling, take-no-prisoners comic turn as a sarcastic spin doctor who oozes fake charm, gets away with calling people things like "Sunny Jim" and does a riff on dialogue from HBO's"The Wire" that is priceless.She zestily gets the plot into gear when, faced with yet another in a series of colossal government blunders, she insists to her underlings that "we need a good news story in the Middle East, and we need it in an hour." Enter salmon fishing and Yemen.
Harriet starts by trying to interest Alfred Jones (McGregor), one ofBritain'stop fisheries experts, in the project. Crotchety, super serious and obsessed with his own work on fruit flies, the Scot couldn't be less interested and treats the request like the ravings of a lunatic. "Fish require water," he says carefully. "You are familiar with that concept?"As it turns out, there are mountainous parts of Yemen that salmon might enjoy visiting, and with the government pressing him to cooperate in their public relations move, Alfred reluctantly admits that bringing the fish there would be theoretically possible if someone were willing to put 50 million pounds into the project.
Wouldn't you know it, Harriet's client just happens to be a billionaire sheik to whom tens of millions of pounds is pocket change. Charismatically played by Egyptian actor Amr Waked ("the George Clooney of the Middle East," according to the film's producer), the sheik is a man of faith who loves to fish and believes the activity can lift the spirits of his beleaguered people.A man of great personal charm, capable of handling lines like "I have too many wives not to know when a woman is unhappy," the sheik takes Alfred fishing near a castle he happens to own in Scotland and makes a convincing speech about the wonders of fishing in general and the worth of salmon in Yemen in particular. That, plus the political pressure of Patricia, who bites off dialogue like it was so much world-class toffee, makes a believer out of the scientist. The project's problems, however, have only just begun.
It's also not smooth sailing for Harriet and Alfred in their tangled personal lives. She is involved with a British army captain on dangerous assignment; he's in a pro forma marriage with a woman who views him as an afterthought.It's part of the age-old conventions of fairy tales like this that though each protagonist thinks the other is ridiculous when they first meet, the good doctor and the investment counselor are not as mismatched as they might imagine. "Salmon Fishing" does work awfully hard to keep them apart, but it's difficult not to harbor a sneaking suspicion that things just might play out otherwise. After all, it's that kind of a film.
The film centers around an idea to bring the sport of fly-fishing to Yemen. Nevermind that salmon can't survive in a desert-like environment. Nevermind that you'd need to undertake a huge and expensive project to build dams in the country to keep the rivers flowing during the dry season. And nevermind that you'll need to transport thousands of salmon out of British waters to Yemen, to the extreme opposition of millions of British anglers. Ewan McGregor is fantastic in the role of Dr. Alfred Jones, a fisheries expert with Asperger's syndrome who is tasked with what he initially considers an impossible project: bringing salmon to Yemen to fulfill Sheik Muhammad's (played by Egyptian actor Amr Waked) desire to introduce the sport of fly-fishing in his country.
The Yemeni sheik is an enthusiastic fly-fisher who wants to spread the joy and what he deems the virtues of fishing - patience, faith and humility - to his countrymen.The project is embraced by the British prime minister's press secretary, who has had her staff on the hunt for a "good will" story out of the Middle East to counter all the explosions and other PR disasters of the wars. But although the movie doesn't fit purely into the comedy genre, that's not to say it's lacking in humor.The dialogue is clever, and Kristin Scott Thomas (in the role of Patricia Maxwell, the prime minister's press secretary) elicits chuckles every time her aggressive, witty character comes on screen.
McGregor and Emily Blunt perform well together, although Blunt's character, as the sheik's UK representative and McGregor's love interest, is a little lackluster. The juxtaposition of humorous and serious moments work to make this a film that leaves you smiling and hoping for a better Middle East and a smarter Western approach to the region.
With a title like Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, it's either a story about the impossible, or that which deals with fishing. It's thankfully the former which makes it a little more engaging and less of a focus on what could be a solitary activity, and a romance-comedy-drama that centers about the theme of hope, even though this British film has plenty of elements to keep one entertained, especially the good ol British wit and humour that comes fast and furious when the need calls for it.
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom whose last film was an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' Dear John, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is based on the novel by Paul Torday, that tells the unlikely romance that sparked between Dr Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) and investment consultant Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) while working on a theoretically possible project funded by a rich Yemeni Sheikh Muhammad (Amr Waked). Dr Jones, the bureaucrat stuck in a dead end job and happily coasting along in spite of having useless superiors, is the initial skeptic, preferring the status quo than to question and set challenges for himself, being the expert on fishing and a mean fly-fisher himself, while Harriet is that can-do go-getting consultant who doesn't take no for an answer, herself in a sub story arc involving a British soldier sent to the frontlines in Afghanistan.
Together, they work under a programme mooted by the Sheikh to bring salmon fishing to his country, which of course has plenty of detractors especially from extremists who see this as a waste of resources spent on infidel activities involving the West, especially so since Kristin Scott-Thomas' thrash talking Bridget Maxwell, the publicist for 10 Downing Street, sees it as opportunity to raise the Anglo-Yemeni friendship and profile. The character of Bridget Maxwell is probably the one bringing in most of the laughs for her potty mouth ways, with expletives almost always finding their way into her communications, verbal, over the internet, or otherwise, and you'd wonder just how the Prime Minister's Office could have survived one PR disaster after another.
Most of the narrative circled around the friendship and relations formed between the trio of Dr Jones, Harriet and the Sheikh, developing bonds that wouldn't have existed if not for this 50 million pounds project. It's not as if it is about those with plenty of oil money and finding themselves not knowing what to do with it, but about the spreading of far larger ideals that go into community bonding. And the romantic tale almost felt like an after thought into the second half, finding it irresistible not to have now fellow colleagues fall in love because it's a waste of good looking talent not to. There isn't any threat in the film to put things in a spin other than the battle against nature and elements that get systematically addressed, and extremists who don't get air time lest this film gets spun into a war on terror story, aside from an assassination and sabotage attempt.