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Yes (2004)

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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
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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

£450,000 of the approximately £1 million budget came from the UK Film Council. 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

Aunt: I want my death to be just like my life. I want the mess, the struggle, and the strife.
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Soundtracks

Gnossienne
Composed by Erik Satie
Arranged and Performed by Claude Chalhoub
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Profound and Poetic
17 November 2004 | by newmanfilms23See all my reviews

I had the chance to see Yes when it in premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. I had no idea what to expect and that in turn was a good thing. Expectations more often than not ruin our perceptions of a film and that would be my advice for anyone seeing this film for the first time, do not expect to know what you are getting into. With that said, I believe this was a marvelous film because it was able to balance the seriousness of its subject matter with a nice touch of humor. This definitely was not a film for everybody and I say this because it does require one to think when viewing it and as we all know, a lot of people go to the movies to escape, not to think. Right away, the viewer will realize this is not your normal film simply by the dialogue, it was written in iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets. The rhyming of the dialogue might be a turn off for some, but I found it to be quite pleasing and very humorous almost in a mature Dr. Seuss sort of way. Anyone that is a writer will appreciate the time and care and difficulty that went into writing this script. Regarding the content of this film, I will only say that everything is not always as it appears and we interpret what we see...if you can appreciate this kind of thought, then see this film. If I had to compare it to another film, which I shouldn't do, I'd say American Beauty or Donnie Darko. On a technical note, I had the chance to talk to Mrs. Potter and her producer Mr. Sheppard afterwards and they informed me that it cost less than 4 million to make this film which makes it all the more magnificent.


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