How does a director sell a love affair between two characters when one of the partners is closer to a wisp of an idea than a fully realized creation? That’s the central issue left unresolved by Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
, an unsuccessful fantasy comedy from director Lasse Hallstrom and scribe Simon Beaufoy.
As adapted from the 2007 novel by Paul Torday, the convoluted story first centers on Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt), the manager of financial affairs for an amiable but eccentric Arabic man named Sheikh Muhammed (Amr Waked). A wealthy dreamer, Muhammed concocts a project that involves mass-irrigating a dry Yemeni riverbed and stocking it wi...