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Yes (2004)

R | | Drama, Romance | 5 August 2005 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Sally Potter

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Sally Potter
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Henderson ... Cleaner
Joan Allen ... She
Sam Neill ... Anthony
Simon Abkarian ... He
Wil Johnson ... Virgil
Gary Lewis ... Billy
Raymond Waring ... Whizzer
Stephanie Leonidas ... Grace
Barbara Oxley Barbara Oxley ... Cleaner in Swimming Pool
Samantha Bond ... Kate
Kev Orkian Kev Orkian ... Waiter
George Antoni George Antoni ... Kitchen Boss (as George Yiasoumi)
Beryl Scott Beryl Scott ... Cleaner in Laboratory
Sheila Hancock ... Aunt
Lol Coxhill Lol Coxhill ... Father Christmas
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Да See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuba See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,451, 26 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$396,035, 25 September 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Allen couldn't join the crew in Cuba because of the regulations making it difficult for Americans from visiting the country. Her scenes were shot in the nearby Dominican Republic and cut into the Cuban footage. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Cleaner: And, in the end, it simply isn't worth / Your while to try and clean your life away. / You can't. For, everything you do or say / Is there, forever. It leaves evidence. / In fact it's really only common sense; / There's no such thing as nothing, not at all. / It may be really very, very small / But it's still there. In fact I think I'd guess / That "no" does not exist. There's only "yes".
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Soundtracks

Gnossienne
Composed by Erik Satie
Arranged and Performed by Claude Chalhoub
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Stikingly beautiful!
13 September 2004 | by lara_jensenSee 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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