Directed By: Sally Potter Starring: Joan Allen Simon Abkarian

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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.


Studio Sony
SKU 40724646
UPC 043396109063
UPC 14 00043396109063
Format DVD
Release Date 11/8/2005
Rating Rating
Love Affairs
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Uncut "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
Sally Potter
Joan Allen
Simon Abkarian
Cast & Crew
Aleksei Rodionov - Cinematographer
Andrew Fierberg - Producer
Cedric Jeanson - Executive Producer
Daniel Goddard - Editor
Joan Allen - Actor
Sally Potter - Director
Sally Potter - Writer
Sally Potter - Musical Score
Sam Neill - Actor
Shirley Henderson - Actor
Simon Abkarian - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 10906
UPC 00043396109063
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review 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.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Austin Chronicle
Review 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.
Reviewer Steve Davis
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Allen,Joan
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Desson Thomson, Washington Post ...a challenging, enriching experience...this is a unique, bold adventure of the soul.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times Bold, vibrant and impassioned! The glory of the film is the remarkable Joan Allen! Gorgeous and stylish!
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Joan Allen is amazing in Sally Potter's YES. And director Sally Potter is amazing in the way she makes her amazing.

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