Patricia Maxwell, the British Prime Minister’s press secretary, badly needs a “feel-good” Middle East news story to offset the endless daily reportage from that region about bombings, bloodshed, and dead bodies. She finds a potential savior in Sheikh Muhammed of the Yemen who has a plan to turn his desert fiefdom into a Garden of Eden. Well, sort of. The problem is that he’s “a nutter.”
The sheikh has a castle. It’s in Scotland, where ample rainfalls turns the Highland braes into a lovely shade of green and a great place to fish for salmon. An avid fisherman, the sheikh will spare no expense to create a habitat where salmon can spawn and thrive in the arid landscape of Yemen.
In Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011; based on a novel of the same name by Paul Torday), the sheikh (Amr Waked) enlists the aid of public relations consultant Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) to convince British Fisheries expert Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) that establishing the fishery isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds. Meanwhile, Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas) yanks hard on as many political strings as she can to make sure that the sheik’s 50-million British Pound Sterling “fish story” paints a rosy picture of British-Yemeni cooperation.
While at times predictable, there’s enough uncertainty regarding the outcome of the salmon project as well as two overlapping “love triangles” to keep your attention, and enough “British humor” at just the right moments to produce a bundle of snickers from theater audiences.
The U.K. scenes were filmed in and around London and Scotland. Morocco “stands in” for Yemen where you’ll discover whether friendship, love, and fish far out of their native waters, can survive the harshness of the desert.
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