I can’t think of another movie that so seamlessly connects fishing, politics, humour, romance and a little bit of environmentalism for good measure. Not to mention fabulous acting, sharp dialogue and a wonderfully quirky story…I was hooked on this lovely British film as soon as it started. A seemingly outrageous vision of a wealthy sheikh (Amr Waked) to bring the sport of fly-fishing to the Yemeni desert starts a project that brings together some unlikely people. Ewan McGregor stars as Dr. Jones, the fisheries expert who is roped into the project by consultant Harriet (Emily Blunt) when the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary (the hilariously wry Kristin Scott Thomas) latches onto the project as a “feel good” story about Anglo-Arab relations. Though there are a few dark moments in the film that seem somewhat underdeveloped, ultimately this is an optimistic movie that will leave you smiling — and maybe even believing in the power of faith and fish.
We didn’t have salmon for our post-movie dinner, but the authentic Ethiopian cuisine at The Horn of Africa did not disappoint. The place was hopping on a Saturday night and it was a fun place for a relaxed, inexpensive dinner. Definitely worth trying if you’re in the mood for something a little different in downtown Ottawa.