The Golden Ears Movie Series (GEMS), in its third season, presents Salmon Fishing in the Yemen this Monday evening at The ACT.
The 2011 British romantic drama film is directed by Lasse Hallstrom and stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Amr Waked.
A British government expert in salmon fisheries, Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) is asked for help to fulfill a wealthy Yemeni sheikh (Amr Waked) vision to introduce salmon fishing to the desert country of Yemen by the sheikh's consultant Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt).
Fred rejects the idea as unfeasible; however, the Prime Minister's press secretary, Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas) fastens on to the request as a "goodwill" story of Anglo-Arab cooperation to distract the voters from ongoing bad news out of Afghanistan, and pressures Fred into working with Harriet and the sheikh to implement the project.
Fred gradually comes to believe in the sheikh's quest. Estranged from his career-minded wife, Fred falls in love with Harriet, whose boyfriend Robert (Tom Mison) has just gone missing in action in the war. After Fred declares his love to Harriet, Robert returns alive, requiring her to choose between the two men.
The fish are released and the project seems to be succeeding, but it is sabotaged by local militants who destroy the salmon runs. But when Fred sees some fish have survived, he regains his faith, and Harriet joins him to fulfill the sheikh's vision.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen runs on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7: 30 p.m. at The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl. Single tickets are $11 and a three-film package is $27. Tickets are on sale at The ACT ticket centre, by calling 604-476-2787, or going online to www.theactmapleridge.org.