Filmmaker Sally Potter directed this artful meditation on the dynamics of the romantic and sexual relationship. She (Joan Allen) is an intelligent and gifted genetic scientist of Irish-American heritage who feels smothered in her marriage to a British politician (Sam Neill). While dining at a friend's house, She meets He (Simon Abkarian), a handsome Lebanese exile who was a respected surgeon in his homeland but now supports himself in London as a cook. He flirts with her, and She is pleased with his advances; weeks later, she contacts him, and an affair begins. However, despite their mutual attraction, He and She find it difficult to set aside their political and national differences for very long, as love and lust wage a quiet war against the conscience and the intellect. Yes also features supporting performances from Shirley Henderson and Sheila Hancock. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
I've followed Sally Potter, the director, for quite some time. Her movies are always filled with thought provoking images, both on a romantic and philosophical level. And, always visually rich and poetic. With this one, she pulled the rabbit out of the hat. A true meditation on life and love in these confusing, 'global', times, acted with extraordinary passion and grace and filled with a dialog as poetic as Shakespaere's plays. I can only feel pity for those who see nothing in this movie, or, perhaps, they are just too young and restless to sink into something this tender and deep. A rousing ovation for Sally Potter. And, to think she wrote this too!
This film requires some thought, so don't try to watch it if you're sleepy. I was a little worried about renting it after reading so many bad reviews, but my husband and I both enjoyed it. We're recommending it to our friends..
This movie reminded me of a Shakespearean play - it's not everyone's cup of tea. The drama happens in the viewer's imagination, not on the set. I loved the dialog, largely in verse, which required you to follow the actors closely. One weak spot was the low audio and difficult English accents in parts. I wish we had English subtitles on this DVD. The movie was slow paced, an exploration of love and passion. Allen and Abkarian were good in their roles. I had higher expectations, the actual plot was pretty common, just dressed up in colorful dialog and "artsy" cinemaphotography that I found distracting. A good flick for a film class, but not much draw for most viewers.