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

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$15,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$317,040 (USA) (14 May 2010)
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William Hurt and Maria Bello previously starred in A History of Violence (2005), but they didn't share any scenes. 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 »

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[first lines]
Background voice: Hey, Brett!
Female warden: All right, close seven!
[background chatter]
Prisoner in cell: Don'tcha come back now. Don't wanna see you back here again.
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Remake of The Yellow Handkerchief (1977) See more »

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performed by Sublime Journey
written by Kendall Williams, Broussard
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When slow is good, and actors shine
19 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A perfect crescendo. During an admittedly slow first half of the film, the audience is drawn in to the actors and the cajun background, its lush greenery and its languid place in Americana.

The actors hold up brilliantly at this pace -- William Hurt is a standout and a more-than-worthwhile Oscar candidate as the sullen, "ghost"-like ex-con and Eddie Redmayne jumps to the fore as a bizarre, overgrown child. The scenery and the pull of post-Katrina New Orleans is powerful, forcing personal choices and sticking in the back of our minds.

Then, when the action turns, and the plot suddenly speeds forward for the latter half of the movie, the viewer has already been drawn so deep inside these rich, pained characters and the twisted swampland that its emotional force, punctuated by minute changes in Hurt's eyes, knowingly elicits empathy and sympathy.

The force of the movie is the slowness, the languid pace that draws the viewer in, and the acting, as good an ensemble as anything that I've viewed this year. It is slow, but slow can be good, good as a cajun conversation.


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