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Yes (2005)

Director: Sally Potter     Starring: Joan Allen Simon Abkarian
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40724646
UPC: 043396109063
UPC 14: 00043396109063
Rating: Game Rating Code
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She, an irish-american scientist, is being strangled by her marriage with anthony. She begins an affair with he, a lebanese surgeon exiled in london. Their passion is the start of a personal journey through several countries, but also forces them to evaluate their beliefs and each other.

"...a challenging, enriching experience...this is a unique, bold adventure of the soul.  Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Bold, vibrant and impassioned! The glory of the film is the remarkable Joan Allen! Gorgeous and stylish!  Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Joan Allen is amazing in Sally Potter's YES. And director Sally Potter is amazing in the way she makes her amazing.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed & Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/8/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 10906
Video UPC UPC: 00043396109063
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Joan Allen
Video Cast Info Sam Neill
Video Cast Info Shirley Henderson
Video Cast Info Simon Abkarian
Video Cast Info Aleksei Rodionov - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Andrew Fierberg - Producer
Video Cast Info Cedric Jeanson - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Daniel Goddard - Editor
Video Cast Info Sally Potter - Director
Video Cast Info Sally Potter - Writer
Video Cast Info Sally Potter - Musical Score

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"Bold, vibrant and impassioned, YES is the work of a high-risk film artist in command of her medium and gifted in propelling her actors to soaring performances." 06/24/2005 p.E12

"Potter and the cast are to be warmly commended for their unabashed artistic ambition." 09/01/2005 p.139

Sight and Sound
"[A] bold romantic drama, with dialogue in iambic pentameters..." 03/01/2006 p.92

San Francisco Chronicle 8 of 10
The passion and commitment behind "Yes" -- evident in its artistic daring and in the earnest exploration of its themes -- make it very tempting, when talking about it, to ignore the film and look at the intent, which is exemplary. Through this story about an Irish American woman and her romance with a Lebanese man, Sally Potter puts forth her imaginative response to living in a post-Sept. 11 world. She does so poetically, and idiosyncratically, by creating a dreamlike atmosphere and writing all the dialogue in verse. - Mick LaSalle

Austin Chronicle 8 of 10
A post-9/11 cross-cultural love story spoken entirely in iambic pentameter? For the less adventurous moviegoer, that might sound like the cinematic equivalent of a root canal without anesthesia. But while the unconventionally filmed Yes doesn't fully realize all of its artistic ambitions, its depiction of romantic passion resonates with a genuine feeling that can't be dismissed. - Steve Davis

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Allen,Joan
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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