On Sunday morning, on my way home from Musselburgh, I decided to go fishing, in fact I decided to go salmon fishing in the Yemen. Strange choice for a Sunday morning in Scotland, but why the hell not. She went to the Yemen? No, for those who haven’t heard this is the name of Ewan McGregor’s latest movie – Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.
You might also be wondering about my sanity (I often do), what the heck was she doing going to the cinema alone on Sunday morning after leaving her Mum at the hospital. Well there are two answers to that one – the cinema on a Sunday morning is quiet. I had a private screening all to myself. Just me and a big cappuccino and the movie. The dark cinema is also sound proofed so you can let out those sobs that have been building and trapped since you first walked into the hospital 24 hours before. You can quietly sit and sob in the darkness and only Ewan McGregor will know.
Actually it is a wonderful film. It’s a feel good film, and that was the other reason for going. I just wanted to escape real life and Be elsewhere. I couldn’t have picked a better movie for it than this. I loved it. Here is a little run down;
A Sheik (impossibly handsome of course) from the Yemen has a passion for salmon fishing. He has an estate in Scotland and fishes there all the time. Yest he has a dream, he dreams of creating salmon rivers and the whole peaceful fishing experience and much more besides in his home country. Now this seems like an impossible task but hey, when money is no object, few things fall into the category of impossibility.
The UK government (cue Kirsten Scott Thomas as amazingly bitchy press secretary) gets involved due to their lusting after a ‘good’ story to come out of the Middle East. The lovely Ewan McGregor (playing a rather dowdy fish expert) is enlisted to help and Emily Blunt (you might remember her from The Devil Wears Prada) is the Sheik’s assistant who can make anything happen.
The scenery in Scotland is amazing. The whole story of faith and hope and love is wonderful. The comedy that winds its way throughout is rather like a salmon stream itself. There are twists and turns and ups and downs.
The whole idea is impossible, but then so are a lot of dreams. This is a great film about fish and faith and funny too.
I’m glad I took a detour on the way home on Sunday. My little salmon fishing trip to the Yemen was a treat.