07 February, 2006
Modern day Shakespeare?
Last night FBF (Flatmate/Best Friend) and I watched "Yes" by Sally Potter, who is probably most famous for her film "Orlando" starring Tilda Swinton. If "Orlando" was the film that made people stand up and notice Potter; surely "Yes" will be remembered as her masterpiece.
What I wasn't aware of before I started watching the film is that the entire script is told in rhyming couplets - at first, FBF and I didn't realise this, it was so naturally done; which is testament to Potter's writing ability - the iambic pentamater never distracts from the film's content.
Even more arresting is the content of the film. Crossing over religion, sex and politics and at several points making me question my own attitudes to all of these things; it manages to be light and erotic yet thought-provoking and serious all at once.
Every member of the cast is superb - but most magnificent is Joan Allen, whom I've decided is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. Brilliant. Please watch it!