YES is the story of a passionate love affair between an American woman (Joan Allen) and a Middle-Eastern man (Simon Abkarian) in which they confront some of the greatest conflicts of our generation – religious, political and sexual. Sam Neil plays the betrayed and betraying politician husband, Sheila Hancock the beloved aunt and Shirley Henderson the philosophical cleaner who witnesses the trail of dirt and heartbreak the lovers leave behind them, as they embark, on a journey that takes them from London and Belfast to Beirut and Havana.
“Yes” is alive and daring, not a rehearsal of safe material and styles. Sally Potter could easily have made a well-mannered love story with passion and pain at appropriate intervals, or perhaps, for Potter, that would not have been so easy, since all of her films strain impatiently at the barriers of convention.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 07.07.05
“Allen is splendid throughout and through her Potter has achieved a work that sings to us, sensually, angrily, and beautifully.”- David Butterworth, IMDB, 2005
“For those who accept Potter’s premise — and why not embark on a challenging, enriching experience? — this is a unique, bold adventure of the soul.”- Desson Thomson, The Washington Post, 29.07.05
Written & Directed by Sally Potter
Produced by Christopher Sheppard & Andrew Fierberg