Sally Potter began to write this film in mid-September 2001, ‘in an attempt to meet head-on the difficulties we were all facing’. Through lovers He (Abkarian) and She (Allen), the film gives voice (in verse) to East and West, male and female, poor and wealthy. Seeing both sides is the choral Cleaner (Henderson), at once audience and director, whose beautiful, whispered meditations frame the film’s ecstatic final ‘Yes’. —British Film Institute
Sally Potter (b. 19 September 1949 in London) is an English film director and screenwriter.
Having left school at sixteen to become a filmmaker, Sally Potter joined the London Film-Makers’ Co-op and started making experimental short films. She later trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance, before founding Limited Dance Company with Jacky Lansley.
Potter went on to become an award winning performance artist and theatre director, with shows including MOUNTING, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN and BERLIN. In addition, she was a member of several music bands (including FIG and The Film Music Orchestra) working as a lyricist and singer. She collaborated (as a singer-songwriter) with composer Lindsay Cooper on the song cycle OH MOSCOW which was performed throughout Europe, Russia and North America. Her music work continued later when she co-composed with David Motion the soundtrack to ORLANDO, and produced the score for THE TANGO LESSON. Her most… read more
The film is called "Yes", yet all I can say is "No." Very little charm comes from this film, which could have been a truly great movie, if not for the awful choice of having the characters speak in rhyme. This attempt at adding another layer to the character's interactions results in a headache-producing sing-song dialogue, which limits the characters from expressing themselves without regulation.