Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
The wealthy Sheikh Muhammed dreams up a project of bringing salmon fishing to the Yemen. His wealth adviser in the UK, Harriet, contacts Dr Alfred Jones of the UK Fisheries Department for his expert help and advice. Fred is aghast at such an implausible idea. But his objections are over-ruled by the Prime Minister’s press secretary who is looking for a good news story in the Middle East during the war.
As the project develops, so does the relationship between Harriet and Fred. Harriet’s boyfriend is lost in action whilst fighting in Afghanistan, and Fred and his wife are drifting apart. They become firm friends and support each other in and out of the project.
The film isn’t a typical rom com – more of a romantic drama. But it is charmingly funny and there is a definite ‘boy meets girl’ theme. Kirstin Scott Thomas does an excellent job at playing the PM’s hard nosed press secretary – in fact she’s fantastic. Blunt is gorgeous and McGregor adorable. There are tears to be shed in places, but it is also an uplifting movie and one I recommend.