Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

“What’s your favourite movie?” He asked me during one of our dinner talks. I had a couple of movies in mind I know that are on my list but I knew I couldn’t have given him a smart enough reason to make him want to watch it, too. But, today, I’d be singing a different tune.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, movie poster, Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor | The Parody by Sasha Manuel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen stars Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. A charming story about a journey of faith to make the impossible possible.

For the longest time, I haven’t watched a movie that made me say, “I love this movie,” unabashed. The story is simple, somewhat predictable, but when the credits started to roll, I found myself hating the fact that it’s a sign that it’s all over. It’s the sort of movie that I would want to watch again (and again) but putting a bit of space might help in reliving the experience of having watched it the first time.

And my experience was marvelously exceptional, if not magical. Carried me off to memories of making impossible things possible, of questions on chance encounters and opportunities lost; to thoughts of finding love in a foreign land, of dreams of ribbons and promise rings.

Have you seen this movie? You should if you haven’t.

Quite alarming astounding that it sort of echoed a zing (referencing Hotel Transylvania there, haha) that a Dr. Seuss quote I recently shared on Facebook gave me:

Dr. Seuss quote | The Parody by Sasha Manuel
“We are all a little weird and lie’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
~ Dr. Seuss

It’s always amazing to find a vision of life that speaks to your soul in the only way possible.

I’d also like to let you know that a definite addition to my list of favourite actresses, joining Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Vanessa Redgrave, and Judi Dench to name a few, is Emily Blunt. Happy to have seen a few of the films she acted in: The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) — of course! — The Young Victoria (2009), and, quite recently, Your Sister’s Sister (2012) and Looper (2012).

Also, you can expect me to get a copy of the book, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday, soon. Have any of you folks read it?

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Paul Torday, book, cover | The Parody by Sasha Manuel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

Anyway, should he ask again, I’ll definitely make him watch this movie the way he made me watch Midnight in Paris and The Artist with the hope that he’d learn to appreciate the sort of films I like the same way I did having watched his favourites.

So. What’s your favourite movie?


    • says

      If you’re free for coffee when I get back, bring an EHD, and I’ll give you a copy. :mrgreen:

      Rosy on my end? Must be a confusion on the tenses. Yea, in my head, I am. Like it only happened last night. 😉

      You have to excuse me. I think I’m going mental, haha.

      *He* better not find his way to my blog and read this. I won’t hear the end of it, hahaha!

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