Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a 2012 British romantic comedy, is a film adaption from the book by the same name, written by author Paul Torday. Staring British powerhouse actors such as Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Kristin Scott Thomas, the English film boasts some of the most talented actors in the region. Facing a problem few us know exist (fishing), the story has a unique twist.
Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) is the leader in his industry, one of the most accomplished experts in fisheries. Harriet (Emily Blunt), a consultant for a private fishing firm, asks Jones if it would be plausible for their company to stat fishing in the Yemen. Fred response – a resounding no. Jones warns her that fishing their will cause all the fish to die in the desert.
Fred, who realizes that importance of this decision, reluctantly involves himself in the project, hoping to deter the company from making a grave mistake. Jones also begins a romantic relationship with Harriet, who’s boyfriend is away for work. Coupling all the complications into one, the fish are neglected and their fate looks bleak lest Fred takes action.
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and was released to American audiences last month on March 9th, taking in about $250,000 on the first three-day weekend, with numbers expecting to grow as it expands to more theaters in the United States. A successful book in it’s own right, with this caliber of actors, the film should be worth a watch.