"I was really prompted to start writing it the day after Sept. 11 and out
of the feeling of necessity, really, to make some kind of positive
contribution to the awfulness of the situation and the feeling that things
were probably going to get worse," Potter told UPI in an interview.
The film about a love affair between a Middle-Eastern chef, played by Simon Abkarian, and an Irish-American scientist, played by Joan Allen, is in theaters now.
Potter said she wrote the script in verse because she feels the emotional story could be recounted better in poetry, the form she believes best resembles the way people think and talk.
"There seemed no other way to write this story and have these characters speak," she explained. "Verse is closer to the inner soliloquy, or monologue or multiple monologues that we each carry in our head, than prose. I don't think that deep in the recesses of our mind, we think in sentences and paragraphs. I think it's more like a river flowing of ideas and thoughts."