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Yes (2004)

R | | Drama, Romance | 5 August 2005 (UK)
In this film, told almost entirely in iambic pentameter, She is a scientist in a loveless marriage to Anthony, a devious politician. He is a Lebanese doctor in self-imposed exile, working ... See full summary »

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Virgil
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Billy
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Whizzer
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Grace
Barbara Oxley ...
Cleaner in Swimming Pool
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Kate
Kev Orkian ...
Waiter
George Antoni ...
Kitchen Boss (as George Yiasoumi)
Beryl Scott ...
Cleaner in Laboratory
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Lol Coxhill ...
Father Christmas
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In this film, told almost entirely in iambic pentameter, She is a scientist in a loveless marriage to Anthony, a devious politician. He is a Lebanese doctor in self-imposed exile, working as a chef in a London restaurant. They meet at a banquet and fall into a carefree, passionate relationship. But the contempt He perceives as a Muslim immigrant to the UK causes him to break up with She, offering little in the way of explanation, and return to his homeland. She drags his reasons out of him little by little and tries to sympathize. Keenly feeling the loss of his love, She flies to Havana to sort things out on the beach and in the cabarets. She sends him a ticket, but harbors no illusions that He will join her in this Carribean melting pot... Written by Joe Jurca

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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£1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,451 (USA) (26 June 2005)

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$396,035 (USA) (25 September 2005)
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Director 'Sally Potter' told Joan Allen to think of the dialog, which is in verse, more in the line of Eminem than William Shakespeare. She even took the actress to Def Poetry Jam, a night of spoken word that ran on Broadway courtesy of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons to experience it. See more »

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As "He" is chopping celery and talking to his crew, the knife in his hands changes from shot to shot. One shot has pieces of celery stuck to the knife while the other shows a clean blade. See more »

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Aunt: I want my death to be just like my life. I want the mess, the struggle, and the strife.
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Waltz in A Flat Major
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Katia Labèque and Marielle Labèque
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Art for all time, reflects on our time
21 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Incredible achievement. One of the year's best.

The language is poetry. (I hope the DVD will include the script.)

Great Casting. The performances strike the right note, which leaves room for the story to paint the picture for us to enjoy ... It's like sitting with a masterpiece, this one. To be taken in.

An inquiry into our modern human condition ... it combines politics into personal intrigue.

I'm reminded of Baz Luhrman's take on 'Romeo and Juliet', the clash of worlds. I like Potter's unique style, however.

I recommend this film for almost anyone, even though it is challenging and some may not appreciate it. Hey, it's all personal, or is it?

Note: R. Ebert's review reflects Potter's intent most closely I believe.


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