|Source of story
||A book of the same name by Paul Torday.
||The book is presented by means of emails, press releases, reports and diary entries. This is quirky and clever, and may have been the reason for its brief celebrity, but it is not, in my view a way of telling the story – so the film does better, although slightly different, job.
||Amr Waked, Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristen Scott Thomas, Rachael Stirling
||Despite his serious reservations, a government salmon expert allows himself to be recruited by a young woman who represents a Yemeni Sheikh, to participate in a project to introduce salmon into a Yemen mountain river. His wife has gone to work in Geneva, and the woman’s boyfriend is lost on a military mission in Afghanistan; as time passes and the project progresses their feelings for each other develop.
||Scenes in the government offices where the expert works, and in the consultancy representing the Sheikh. Some salmon fishing at the Sheikh’s Scottish estate and mostly time spent in Yemen at the palace and out in the mountains as the project develops. A bit of sex, intentionally unexciting. The odd glass of wine is drunk. I don’t think anyone smokes – anything.
||I liked this a lot. The leads do a great job, the scenary is terrific, both in Scotland and in the Middle-East, and the script works well. It was not liked by all the critics, maybe because it leans in the direction of a bit of feel good viewing, but why not. A relaxing way of passing an hour and three-quarters.