Directed by Lasse Hallström (The Shipping News, Chocolat), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen recounts the remarkable story of an unlikely hero who finds himself a victim in a political plot, discovers love, and learns to believe in the impossible.
Ewan McGregor (Beginners) stars as Fred Jones, a fisheries expert and academic who toils away for the British government. When he is approached by the beautiful young Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria) with a proposal to introduce salmon into the waterways of Yemen, he laughs off the scheme. Harriet represents an amiable and benevolent sheikh who believes that fishing creates a spiritual connection between humans and nature, and bringing the sport to his country would benefit his people.
While Fred ponders the idea, the proposal catches the ear of the British Prime Minister’s spokesperson, Bridget Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas, Sarah’s Key). Desperate to detract attention from a political scandal, Bridget sees Harriet’s idea as the perfect opportunity to promote what will appear to be a heartfelt story of British goodwill in the Middle East. Despite his protests, Fred soon finds himself working on a project that seems not only frivolous but absolutely unfeasible in the arid land of Yemen.
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