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Yes (2005)

Joan Allen , Simon Abkarian , Sally Potter  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, Sam Neill, Shirley Henderson, Wil Johnson
  • Directors: Sally Potter
  • Writers: Sally Potter
  • Producers: Andrew Fierberg, Cedric Jeanson, Christopher Sheppard, Diane Gelon, Fisher Stevens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B6CO5C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yes" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featurette: Finding Scene 54
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Passion has no boundaries. A woman (Joan Allen), feeling betrayed by her husband (Sam Neill), turns to a man from a world away (Simon Abkarian) to fulfill her deepest desires. Their sensuous affairtakes them on a tumultuous journey across continents and cultures that is seen through the eyes of her maid (Shirley Henderson). YES, a lyrical love story directed by Sally Potter (The Man Who Cried, The Tango Lesson, Orlando), will arouse your emotions and capture your heart long after the last frame fades.

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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for the twenty-first century! January 4, 2006
By Rijiji
I highly recommend the movie Yes.
I saw it just today and I confess,
That having had today four teeth removed
I spent the day with films and never moved.
Of all the shows I saw, this was the best,
Though if you're (rightly) loath to be impressed
By my opinions, drugged-up and fatigued,
I've reasons that I thought you'd be intrigued:
The dialogue, which flows like seven seas,
Is served in rhyming couplets, much like these,
With iambs counting five in every line.
Delivering the lines, it sounds divine:
The actors speak like poets, to a word;
Pedantic sing-song speech is never heard.
The themes it treats are numerous and strange-
There's death and sex and carpe-diem change-
But love is at the center of the tale:
The confidence that passion can prevail,
The perfect beauty of the spoken word,
The conflict of who will and won't be heard,
And silent cleaning girls who, while they cleanse
Send piercing gazes through the camera lens
(Including one whose speech bookends the show,
Whom Moaning Myrtle's Potter fans will know).

In short: O fans of pentametric verse!
All films, compared with this, seem much the worse.
Its muselike powers I can answer to;
It moved me to perhaps move all of you
To see a movie willing to be art,
To thrill the ear, illuminate the heart.
And does it, in its goal, meet with success?
My answer is, of course, a fervent Yes.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant January 14, 2006
Yes is a cinematic masterpiece. As observed by others, not always positively, Yes is nothing short of contemporary Shakespeare. The iambic pentameter dialogue is delivered so deftly many viewers do not perceive the rhyming for the first 15 or 20 minutes of the film.

Like Shakespeare, profound observations are suggested by minor characters, such as cleaning people. Like Shakespeare the dialogue is effused with wonderful wordplay, humor, intelligence and zesty sex.

Since Yes was written for the screen, layers of content are given visually; like the fact that the cleaning people, for the most part invisible to the primary cast as in real life, are the only characters to address the camera/audience directly.

Sally Potters genius is compounded by the lush visual texture of this film as well as her incredible ambient soundtrack -- I wish I could buy it. My one critical comment is that the dialogue is sometimes difficult to hear. Turn up the volume, this is a profound work.

Let's face up to it, if you enjoy mainstream TV, this movie probably isn't for you. This isn't Friends and Survivor simpleton dreamtime. Art demands the investment of thinking.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Some people, referring to the words and the images of `Yes,' often talk about the beauty of the film. With all respect, however, of all the things in the world, beauty is the most subjective kind of value among us. While some love odes written by, say, Keats, others prefer the longer and freer verses of Whitman. So, read the following lines, and see what you can find in Sally Potter's film you are about to see.

I was a doctor. With a knife

I cut the flesh to save the life.

How do you think? If you find the above poem is fantastic, the film is for you. Considerable portion of the film's monologues and dialogues is spoken with Potter's own verses, but to be frank with you (and so frank that you might be offended), I think that hip hop singers these days can think of better rhymes.

The film starts promisingly, with strangely engaging monologues by strangely charming Shirley Henderson as housekeeper looking right into the camera. She talks about the dirt that cannot be gone, and that her existence in the house is virtually "invisible," giving her a good chance to observe the husband and wife, and their troubles.

Then the wife simply called `She' (Joan Allen) appears. She knows the marriage with her husband (typecast Sam Neill) is over. She is born in Ireland, but was raised in America, and works as a doctor (like the quoted poem), but feels the emptiness of life.

Then you meet `He.' He (Simon Abkarian) is a cook from Lebanon, and falls in love with `She' instantly. She also loves `He,' but when they thought everything was looking fine, the difference between their cultural backgrounds start to sour the relations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Yes" is a poetic film regarding the cycle of life. October 23, 2006
"YES" is basically a gigantic poem. This is one of those efforts that can easily divide viewer's right down the middle and unless you're familiar with the director and into independent films in general this can be a challenging viewing experience. Story is set in London where we see a completely bored woman (Joan Allen known only as She) in a miserable marriage to an English politician (Sam Neill) and one night while at a dinner party she catches the eye of a restaurant cook. He (Simon Abkarian) is Lebanese and instantly starts to flirt with She and it doesn't take long before both of them are head on into an affair but the one thing that seems to stand in their way isn't her marriage but the difference in nationalities.

These are characters dealing with life from opposite ends of the spectrum. While She examines sperm cells and eggs under a microscope, He, we later find, is a qualified surgeon from Beirut, now reduced to chopping meat in a restaurant. The couple's erotic and tempestuous affair examines cultural identity in post 9/11 London (significantly, filming started on 12th Sept 2001 and it was released shortly after the London bombings).

Ultimately, it's a film about saying "YES" to life and how diversification adds poetic substance to our otherwise stale lives. Even the microscopes used by She to examine our multiplying and mutating genetic code have a life of their own, the lenses appearing as bulbous alien eyes under their dust mask covers. Dirt here is not something that can be swept away, but is regenerative and needs to be confronted. Images of cleaners occur throughout the film, frantically trying to clear up the emotional mess the characters leave in their wake.

The camera work look like it was right out of film school and was a bit annoying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Experimental and a Bit Fuzzy at Some Points
This erotic fantasy, "Yes", one with lots of bared skin but nothing close to full nudity (no outright full dorsal or frontal nakedness), is a bit patchy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gerald Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore this movie.
The seller got the movie to me in great time. The price was phenomenal and the movie plays and has no scratches. It is one of my favorite movies and I am happy to have it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MistressTemptation
3.0 out of 5 stars memorable, but doesn't quite work
This film is experimental: the dialogue is in verse, there are long moments of visual poetry, and the actors often stare at each other in long silences. Read more
Published on January 31, 2010 by Robert J. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
"Yes" tells an enchanting tale interwoven amidst intellect of science, poetry, philosophy, and international truths. Read more
Published on May 28, 2009 by Penetralia
5.0 out of 5 stars masterful
a truly masterful and original way of telling a love story in between the clashes of culture, language and separation by holy wars. Read more
Published on August 27, 2008 by M. C. Arias
5.0 out of 5 stars need a lift?
Once again, Sally Potter displays her unparallelled genius for film making. And she wrote this screenplay, some of which is quite poetic, to boot! Read more
Published on April 20, 2008 by Carlotta di Como
5.0 out of 5 stars YES DVD SALLY POTTER
Quite the most intelligent DVD I have seen in years. Written immediately after 9/11 it is a moving love story, with witty disalogue. Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by S. T. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars So just what am I agreeing to here?
Two of my favorite films are ones by Sally Potter, _The Tango Lesson_ and _Orlando._ So it was pretty much a given that at some point, I'd sit down and take in Yes, a film about... Read more
Published on March 24, 2007 by Rebecca Huston
2.0 out of 5 stars I Vote "No" on "Yes"
Writer/director Sally Potter's movie "Yes" gives us an inkling - at least in terms of style - of what it might be like if Shakespeare were alive today and writing screenplays... Read more
Published on December 2, 2006 by Roland E. Zwick
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