Friday, July 27, 2012

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

A charming love story that is worth watching again ... and again.  I've often wondered what would be the perfect plot. This one is near perfect because it adds the querkiness of personality with the charm of a love story.  While the movie has its bad guys and intrigue, the main plot surrounds its main three characters who frankly are "nice" people.  It's refreshing to find characters with strong values.  I've seen the movie directed by Lasse Hallstrom; now I'd like to read the book by Paul Torday.

This is how Redbox described the movie story:
Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor), a fisheries scientist in London, is approached by a mysterious sheikh (Amr Waked)about an outlandish plan to introduce the sport of salmon fishing into the desert in Yemen. The Sheikh's absurd vision of bringing faith and hope to his people fails to resonate with the faithless, unhappy Brit. However, after initially refusing the proposal, Dr. Jones is swayed by the British government, the Sheikh and the Sheikh's glamorous real estate rep Harriet (Emily Blunt)into accepting the job. The result is a ridiculous look at the dysfunction of government bureaucracy and the importance of faith in the face of impossibility.

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