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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 8, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English - Closed Captioning
- Subtitles - French - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: "Finding Scene 54"
- Trailers: Sony Previews
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Stills/Photos: "Behind-the-Scenes"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Simon Abkarian & Joan Allen|
|Performer:||Shirley Henderson, Sam Neill, Sheila Hancock, Samantha Bond, Gary Lewis, Wil Johnson & Raymond Waring|
|Directed by||Sally Potter|
|Music by||Fred Frith|
|Screenwriting by||Sally Potter|
|Composition by||Sally Potter|
|Produced by||Christopher Sheppard & Andrew Fierberg|
|Director of Photography:||Alexei Rodionov|
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Sally Potter has achieved a work that sings to us -- sensually, angrily, and beautifully. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Your taste in movies may not be/ Quite so highbrow or so twee/ But Potter has a lot to say/ About the troubles of our day.
It's a bold exercise, an interesting experiment, but a movie it ain't. Full Review
[A] bold romantic drama, with dialogue in iambic pentameters...
Sight and Sound
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Potter's exploration of modern love fractured by cultural differences can be absorbing even if it feels at times like an intellectual exercise. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- A dizzying, stunning achievement, an unforgettable dance of demonization and regret. A rare privilege of a film. Full Review
The pair take up with each other, and during the course of their affair, wrestle with problems that separate all humans: race, class, sex, whatever. Full Review
The Tyee (British Columbia)
Oscar nominee Joan Allen gives a remarkable performance in Sally Potter's YES, an extraordinary look at love and politics set in London, Belfast, Beirut, and Havana. Allen stars as an unnamed Irish-American scientist disillusioned with her marriage to Anthony (Sam Neill), who is more interested in his political job--and other women. Fed up with his affairs, she falls for an unnamed Arab cook (Simon Abkarian) and begins a torrid sexual relationship with him. A successful molecular biologist, she also puts her life under a microscope, but she is afraid to go after what she really wants. Meanwhile, her lover is much more open about the things he used to have when he was in Lebanon, reduced now to working in a British kitchen in order to barely survive; he comes to resent that she pays for everything in their romance, leading to tension and extreme situations. Writer-director Potter (ORLANDO) shows a sharp eye for the human condition and the fragility of love in this unusual and extraordinary film in which all of the characters speak in iambic pentameter. In addition to mixing in different styles, including slow motion, grainy shots, and freeze frames, Potter has a series of maids, especially the one played by Shirley Henderson, face the camera, reacting to what is going on around them. Henderson often addresses the audience, humorously pointing out that no matter how thorough people are, there is still always a little dirt to be cleaned up.
- Theatrical Release: June 24, 2005 (LIMITED)
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