Couple swimming against the tide

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 June, 2012, 12:00am


Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a romantic comedy based on Paul Torday's novel of the same name. The film, which has won numerous awards, including a Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing, stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.

Dr Alfred Jones (McGregor) plays a scientist who is asked to bring the sport of salmon fishing to the desert country of Yemen.

Fred rejects the idea as absurd and unachievable, but there are political reasons behind the project. Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas), the British prime minister's press secretary, encourages it as an example of Anglo-Arab co-operation.

Fred must implement the madcap plan with Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Blunt), who works for a Yemeni sheikh (Amr Waked). As Fred and Harriet pursue the sheikh's vision, the pair fall in love. They are both fighting their personal demons though. Fred is having problems with his wife and Harriet's soldier-boyfriend is missing in action.

The project to bring game fishing to Yemen has mixed results, while Fred and Harriet eventually have to make some hard choices when it comes to their relationships and who they want to be with.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opens tomorrow