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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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Cleaner
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She
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Anthony
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Virgil
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Billy
Raymond Waring ...
Whizzer
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Grace
Barbara Oxley ...
Cleaner in Swimming Pool
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George Antoni ...
Kitchen Boss (as George Yiasoumi)
Beryl Scott ...
Cleaner in Laboratory
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Lol Coxhill ...
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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)

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$28,451 (USA) (24 June 2005)

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$396,035 (USA) (23 September 2005)
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Havana, Cuba, doubled for Beirut in the film because insurers refused to cover it after the war in Iraq. 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: If and when I die, I want to see you cry. I want to see you tear your hair, your howls of anguish fill the air. I want to see you beat your breast and rent your clothes and all the rest. And, sobbing, fall upon my bed I want to know that I am dead.
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Iguazu
Composed and Performed by Gustavo Santaolalla
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Stikingly beautiful!
13 September 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Yes is possibly the most beautiful film I have ever seen.

Sally Potter began work on this film on September 12, 2001. The impact of the previous day's events can be felt throughout the film as He and She try to make sense of their lives and discuss both the meaning of life and the world around them.

Told in rhyming couplets, the comparison to Shakespeare is natural. Potter claimed that she would be thrilled if even one line of hers was as good as the Bard's. I believe much of her work is on par with his. The text is both witty and intelligent and addresses a plethora of modern day issues of conscience. The iambic pentameter flows very naturally throughout the film and is never a distraction - only a credit to the abilities of the writer! As with any Shakspearean production, the feelings and inner turmoil of the main characters are central.

The cinematography is excellent. The film is simply beautiful to watch and behold. As if the images were not enough, the music provides a perfect complement to all that goes on on screen.

Go see this movie. It is unlike any other. Everyone shines!


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