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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Das gelbe Segel  »

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Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$317,040 (USA) (14 May 2010)
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Trivia

To prepare for the role, William Hurt spent a night in Louisiana State Penitentiary - better known as Angola. See more »

Goofs

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

Brett Hanson: [about May] She wasn't afraid - of me, maybe anything.
Gordy: Shit, everyone's afraid of me. I never hurt a flea.
Martine: I'm not afraid of you, I get annoyed.
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Connections

Remake of The Yellow Handkerchief (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Coming Home
Written by Clifton Chenier
Performed by 'Rockin' Dopsie And The Zydeco Twisters'
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Character, story driven gem.
18 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie! The performances were subtle, layered, charming and fascinating and I'm surprised this movie didn't get noticed during the awards season. The raw landscapes, isolated buildings and the retro car they make there journey to a fresh start all make a hauntingly beautiful setting. The movie has a quiet confidence, artistic and a involving, star crossed story that for the first half leaves you in suspense, it follows Brett Hanson played by William Hurt who was recently released after 6 years from prison for manslaughter and hitches a ride to go back home to his wife with a young duo Martine and Gordy played Kristen Stewart in another great indie performance and she was stunning in this movie, Eddie Redmayne plays an awkward oddball but in a touching way and Maria Bello who isn't seen as much plays the wife May was excellent as always and man is she sexy. It just has a great story told in a real, beautiful way and is very relatable that makes it even more effective topped off with a very satisfying and touching ending that makes this an almost flawless indie. Highly recommended! More of a 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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