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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.

Director:

Udayan Prasad

Writers:

Pete Hamill (story), Erin Dignam (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Brett
Maria Bello ... May
Kristen Stewart ... Martine
Eddie Redmayne ... Gordy
Kaori Momoi ... Motel Owner
Emanuel Cohn ... Male Doctor (as Emanuel K. Cohn)
Nurith Cohn Nurith Cohn ... Female Nurse
Veronica Russell Veronica Russell ... Pregnant Warden
Grover Coulson ... Farnsworth
Lisha Brock ... Waitress
Lucy Faust ... Snotty Girl (as Lucy Adair Faust)
John Gregory Willard ... Blonde
Rebecca Newman Rebecca Newman ... Ilene
Ross Britz ... Friend
Marshall Cain Marshall Cain ... Ferry Driver
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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 »

Genres:

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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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Das gelbe Segel See more »

Filming Locations:

Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,296, 28 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$317,040, 16 May 2010
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arthur Cohn Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

William Hurt and Maria Bello previously starred in A History of Violence (2005), but they didn't share any scenes. See more »

Goofs

Brett hands Martine a cookie at the bus station. In the next shot, cookie is gone. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Remake of Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Bottle Up And Go
Traditional arrangement by Snooks Eaglin
Performed by Snooks Eaglin
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The beverage of choice while watching this on DVD is definitely Lemonade.
8 December 2013 | by alfredsetian402See all my reviews

The character Brett Hanson has a history that unfolds at first in a series of flashbacks then orally to his two companions, Martine and Gordy.

Martine, the daughter of an inter-state truck driver, is a lonely 15 year old girl looking for love and acceptance.

Gordy is a lonely white young geeky computer repairman that believes himself to be Native American.

Gordy owns a gas guzzling beast of car from the 1970's that transports the three of them towards the unknown in post Katrina, Louisiana.

How the color yellow pops up from time to time was a nice addition to the original story.

Gordy buys a yellow throwaway camera that is "preferably past its expiration date." Then, at the riverside, slams the camera against the wet rocks before he takes photos of Martine doing a few ballet positions. The resultant photos look bleached, abstract and surreal. Perhaps a commentary on how people can interpret reality differently.

During a heavy downpour, Brett borrows Gordy's yellow tent to sit under instead staying in the car with his companions.

A yellow fire hydrant causes a lot of grief for Brett and his wife, May.

May's hair is dyed yellow.

Brett has become the quintessential glass-is-half-empty sort of man that expects to be let down every day. So when he hands his wife, May, a yellow manila envelope I was able to guess its contents.

And finally, a yellow handkerchief near the end.

Life handed these four people lemons and they in turn made lemonade.

Kudos to this wonderful cast, crew and Arthur Cohn, the producer, for making this endearing movie. p.s. I love the musical score...it is quite haunting.


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