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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

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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

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

[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 »

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My Black Mare
Performed by The Johnny Shines Band with Otis Spann, Walter Horton (as Big Walter Horton), Lee Jackson and Fred Below
Written by Johnny Shines (as John Ned Shines)
published by Testament Music
administered by Bug Music, Inc.
courtesy of Testament Records
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Love: Finding It, Losing It, Reclaiming It
3 July 2011 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF is a very quiet, small film that depends on dialogue rather than action. It began as a short story by Pete Hamill and was adapted for the screen by Erin Dignam. As directed with quiet intensity by Indian director Udayan Prasad the film is more an exploration of isolated individuals who for different reasons do not fit into society and how four of those individuals discover themselves through their interaction with each other.

Brett Hanson (William Hurt) is discharged form prison where he has served six years for manslaughter: he has a history of run-ins with the law and seems to face his release with a certain degree of fear of the outside world. He meets two youngsters - the lonely Martine (Kristen Stewart) who has only a father and an absent one at that, and Gordy (Eddie Redmayne), a Native American asocial misfit itinerant - and because of a sever rain storm the three set out in Gordy's car to find shelter. They stay in motels and gradually each characters past unfolds: the running development is Brett's history of coming close to a significant relationship with a fearful woman named May (Maria Bello) whose fear of relationships was temporarily resolved with her romance with Brett - all of this history is played through flashback scenes when Brett was working oil rigs in New Orleans. Martine and Gordy are fascinated and a bit fearful of Brett as an ex-con but they both connect with Brett's essentially good spirit and insist that he stay with them and allow the bonding youngsters t help him recover the one love he had.

Two generations of lost people collide then bond and learn from each other. There is considerable emotional energy in this somewhat laconic film with as much being discovered by silences as with dialogue. William Hurt offers a profoundly understated performance: Stewart and Redmayne provide the perfect naïve foil for his reconnection with the world outside prison walls - both the physical prison he has just left and the mental prison in which he has been hiding all his life. Maria Bello is convincing as the strong woman who fears vulnerability while desperately in need of being loved. This is a film that may not have made it in theaters but is probably best viewed in the intimacy of the home via DVD.

Grady Harp


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