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The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  19 November 2009 (Germany)
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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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A love lost in the past. A love struggling for a future. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 November 2009 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Das gelbe Segel  »

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Box Office


$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Brett Hanson: [about May] She wasn't afraid - of me, maybe anything.
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The faith only teenagers have in love
13 August 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

If you are planning on seeing this, DO! It is a bit slow but you will come to love the characters and their flaws. It is not average road-trip to self discovery it is more. The lead characters have a tense and fearful journey ahead. As they open themselves up to each other we see the story take a journey that reminds me of To Kill A Mockingbird as we see the film from two innocent teenagers points of view. The writing is sarcastic and not at all Hollywood flashy it is down to earth and heart warming. A truly uplifting story to all who to let your teenager nature over-run them for 2 hours. You just might believe there is a happy ending in life for everyone. You should watch this movie, it is not one to miss!!

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