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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 »

Director:

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 ... 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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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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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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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Norketsou Bar
Performed by Winds of Passion
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Yes, it's amazing
9 November 2004 | by evol17See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Telluride Film Festival and cannot wait to watch it over and over again. It was by far the festival favorite for everyone I talked to (minus a few teenage boys).

Sally Potter does a wonderful job of turning what could be a cliché story about a white woman falling in love with a man from the middle east into a socially, sexually, and emotionally conscious film.

The style itself is truly Potter with breathtaking cinematography that plays color and costume together in a well choreographed filmic space.

The use of verse throughout the film only adds to the plot and the characters' intensity.

All I can say is go see it, you will not be sorry. 10/10


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Official Sites:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2005 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cuba See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,451, 26 June 2005

Gross USA:

$396,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$661,946
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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