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The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

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A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

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One lazy afternoon in a backwater Louisiana town, Martine takes a leap into an unfamiliar convertible. The driver, Gordy, an awkward young itinerant who eyed her in the diner earlier, isn't displeased to find this pretty sylph in his front seat. Soon they meet Brett, a laconic, humble man just released from prison. Martine isn't keen on going solo with Gordy, and now it's raining cats and dogs, so she invites Brett along, and the unlikely trio sets out, each person unsure of the destination. What ensues is a journey through the lush green byways of rural Louisiana and into the depths of these characters' souls. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

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A love lost in the past. A love struggling for a future. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some violence, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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19 November 2009 (Germany)  »

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$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,296 (USA) (26 February 2010)

Gross:

$317,040 (USA) (14 May 2010)
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To prepare for the role, William Hurt spent a night in Louisiana State Penitentiary - better known as Angola. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, after Brett enters the shop he request a beer. The woman brings him the beverage she pour into the glass and leaves the bottle on the table. A few shots later the bottle disappears. See more »

Quotes

Gordy: I think it would go away, because it wouldn't be like this obsession thing...
Martine: So it's like an obsession thing. You touch me and it goes away? Why is that?
Gordy: The mystery's gone.
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Remake of The Yellow Handkerchief (1977) See more »

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Bottle Up And Go
Traditional arrangement by Snooks Eaglin
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Not just another road movie
3 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We saw this as part of a preview cinema club we belong to. And we're happy we did.

The Road Movie is one of Hollywood's long-standing (some would say overused) idioms. From It Happened One Night through Butch Cassidy, Bonnie & Clyde, and Thelma & Louise, to Little Miss Sunshine, good road movies can be a joy. Bad ones, though, are a major drag.

This is a GOOD road movie. Three things make it special. First, it's about three losers, or -- let's just say it -- weird people. None of these characters start out with much appeal (except Kristen Stewart's great looks), but each grows right in front of our eyes throughout the movie. By the end, we like and find ourselves rooting for each, for different reasons. (In this way, the film reminds me most of the wonderful Hackman/Pacino 1970s vehicle Scarecrow, a much under-appreciated film.)

Second, there is splendid acting throughout. Kristen Stewart is headed for stardom, William Hurt does justice to a role only Jeff Bridges could play as well (have we forgotten what a great actor he is?), and the most surprising piece, young British actor Eddie Redmayne, does a terrific turn as a strange kid with a car.

Third, there's the film's perspective, about tolerance, acceptance of things as they are, and forgiveness -- for loved ones and above all for ones self.

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