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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

There is NO salmon fishing in the Yemen!

However, I would recommend you watch the movie with the same title! According to Rotten Tomatoes:

When Britain’s leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh’s (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a “good will” story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

While the premise of the movie is quite fantastical, I found myself drawn to the Sheikh, who relates the virtues of fishing with spirituality. Bringing in salmon into a desert country seemed like an impossible project. Dr. Jones thought it was a joke, but slowly, as things moved on he began believing that it can be done. Despite the many challenges of this project, he finds himself wanting the project to succeed.

This is a light romance comedy which feels very understated, that leaves you happy and content at the end.


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