Rent Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

3.5 of 5 from 412 ratings
1h 43min
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Synopsis:
Ewan McGregor as Fred Jones, a fisheries expert who is approached by Harriet (Emily Blunt) with a plan to introduce salmon into the waterways of Yemen. 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. Yet as the mission begins, they find that hope can spring - even in the most unexpected places!
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Paul Webster
Writers:
Simon Beaufoy, Paul Torday
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/09/2012
Run Time:
103 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/09/2012
Run Time:
107 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Miracles Happen: Making Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • The Fisherman in the Middle East: Novelist Paul Torday

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Reviews (5) of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Good but not great - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen review by Swambi

I enjoyed this film and would certainly recommend a viewing, although it wouldn't feature on my list of all time greats.

It is set against the background of present day UK government and Middle East instability, and explores a plot along lines reminiscent of Forrest Gump, with a rather 'gormless' hero, and a similar approach to combining extraordinary events with such realistic filming that strange events become credible, ranging from the Civil Service, investment firms, cultured Arabs owning Scottish castles and lochs and massive investment in salmon fishing facilities in the Yemen. This aspect also develops a slightly subtle humour, a few thoughts on the nature of faith and fishing and some exceptional shots of fish that I really enjoyed (although not a fisherman).

Overall though, the film was let down on the 'romantic' and relationships aspect, with a lack of clarity leaving one wondering about the morality or indeed reason for Fred Jones deserting Mary. The relationships generally lacked any chemistry, and could largely be predicted from the outset.

There are a couple of action scenes in the film and the second one (a flash flood incident) seemed incredible at some points.

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Bizarre premise + cross between political satire / romance / mild comedy - I enjoyed it - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen review by RP

I was intrigued by the title - and I was hooked (groan...). Slightly more seriously, I quite enjoyed this film and it certainly made me chuckle in places.

It's a cross between a political satire / romance / mild comedy. Watching it I thought 'this isn't really my kind of film' - so why did I enjoy it? The dialogue is sharp and witty, the acting by Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas is good, the story bizarre enough to be amusing.

Yes, it could have been sharper in places, Ewan McGregor's character was both fixated and showed limited empathy (but he was described as having Asperger's syndrome), the romantic relationships were all very stilted, the Kristin Scott Thomas character should have been much nastier, the Sheikh Muhammed character was a bit of a caricature, the assassination plot etc was a distraction, and the 'green screen' effects at the end somewhat unrealistic. It's a gentle film, so perhaps extra 'sharpness' isn't required and anyway, these are minor criticisms. Perhaps a more serious criticism is that it tries just a little too hard to be both 'quirky' and 'British' - but I still enjoyed it.

4/5 stars - recommended. You may of course hate it :)

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A good romantic comedy - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen review by Db

This was a nice story - lots of amusing politics and the title is a challenge for anyone to make a good story out of!!

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Critic review

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

A rather disappointing romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has plenty in it’s arsenal to make a catchy little British comedy with a little heart warming romance at it’s core. What is delivered instead is a predictable and rather touchy-feely romance with a bizarre and frankly poorly explored premise.

Based on the best selling novel by Paul Torday, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen tells the story of Sheikh Muhammad (Asr Waked) an incredibly rich man with a love of fly fishing who employs a British fisheries expert, Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor), to help him build a suitable lake for the sport in the middle of the desert. To accomplish this he also requires a little help from the British government, in the form of the Prime Minster’s PA, Patricia Maxwell, the one likeable character played by Kristen Scott Thomas.

The romantic element comes from the problematic relationship that develops between Jones and the Sheikh’s financial assistant Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt), whose job it is to convince Alfred to get on board with the Sheikh’s plans. Her methods of doing so are a little unorthodox – although at first the pair do make vague attempts at not falling for each other – but end in an utterly unsurprising fashion.

The cast list for the movie comes as quite a shock considering the tawdry nature of the final piece, but one imagines that on paper this looked like a diamond in the rough; perhaps in the hands of someone such as Richard Curtis a better balance might have been struck, the movie was directed instead by the Swede Lasse Hallstrom who has turned the movie into passably charming romance.

One can’t help but feel as though the full potential of this movie has gone unexplored, the comedy elements almost entirely forgotten and the final outcome somewhat of a disappointment.

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