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Selasa, 15 Januari 2013

(movie) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Granted, I don't watch a lot of indie movies but usually they are the ones that garner the highest ratings from me. This movie looks a bit melancholic and after a tiring day all I want to do is watch this in bed curled under a blanket. It is that kind of quiet, sweet movie with not much actions and lots of wonderful philosophy about life.

The tagline: making the improbable possible, is the center of this movie. A biologist meets with a public relation officer to discuss the possibility of a sheikh's request for salmon fishing in the Yemen. He calls it fundamentally impossible, but she patiently explains that it can just be possible with the building of a new dam and enhanced technology. So begins their first reluctant collaboration that progresses into friendship and a journey against all odds.

I have always liked Ewan McGregor, but as you may know from some of my earlier reviews that I am not a big fan of Emily Blunt. I have always found her distant and aloof, if not a bit bland. However, the haughty persona has been dwindling into something more personable. I find her relatable now, and am growing to like her more after Five Year Engagement, and now this. I haven't seen her in Looper and the Adjustment Bureau yet, but am looking forward to her next movies.

It is perhaps the acting and the simple plotline with a hidden positive message that make me fall in love with this movie. Anything is possible if you just have faith.

4 out of 5 stars.

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