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Welcome to the first trailer for "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," a British comedy about journalism, politics, love, and introducing non-native species into ecosystems.
Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt star as a stodgy scientist and U.K. government representative, respectively, who are at odds over a sort of goodwill plan that, as you might guess from the title, involves fly-fishing in Yemen. Specifically, as a goodwill gesture of sorts, the Prime Minister's spokesperson (Kristin Scott Thomas) decides that one Sheikh's desire to enjoy his hobby closer to home would be a great human interest story during a time of turmoil.
Naturally, the dry riverbeds (a.k.a. wadis) of Yemen are not very hospitable to salmon, so Dr. Jones (McGregor) has to figure out how the heck to do that. He becomes buddies with the Sheikh (Amr Waked) and eventually succumbs to the charms of Harriet (Blunt), as well as the fish themselves.
He likes to talk to them! Cue the salmon swimming upstream metaphors.
Based on the bestselling book by Paul Torday, "Yemen" was adapted for the big screen by Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar co-writing the adapted screenplay for last year's "127 Hours" with Danny Boyle. Director Lasse Hallström has made a career of directing heart-tugging movies like "Dear John," " Hachi: A Dog's Tale," "Chocolat" and "The Cider House Rules," so it's tempting to say that this will be in the same vein.
Torday's novel definitely has a political bent to it, and in the book, the good doctor also has a wife. It's also written as a series of missives, not as a straight narrative, so it will be interesting to see how Beaufoy weaves that into the screenplay, if at all.
Meanwhile, enjoy McGregor and Blunt doing a great job of being adorable in this cute lil clip.