The Yellow Handkerchief

November 19th, 2009


The Yellow Handkerchief

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A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.8/10 (2,841 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: Udayan Prasad

Stars: William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart

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.

Writers: Pete Hamill, Erin Dignam

William Hurt - Brett Hanson
Maria Bello - May
Kristen Stewart - Martine
Eddie Redmayne - Gordy
Kaori Momoi - Motel Owner
Emmanuel Cohn - Male Doctor
Nurith Cohn - Female Nurse
Veronica Russell - Pregnant Warden
Grover Coulson - Farnsworth
Lisha Brock - Waitress
Lucy Faust - Snotty Girl (as Lucy Adair Faust)
John Gregory Willard - Blonde
Rebecca Newman - Ilene
Ross Britz - Friend
Marshall Cain - Ferry Driver

Taglines: A love lost in the past. A love struggling for a future.


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Release Date: 19 November 2009

Filming Locations: Morgan City, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $37,296 (USA) (28 February 2010) (7 Screens)

Gross: $317,040 (USA) (16 May 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

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

Brett Hanson: I'm gonna ask you to marry me.
May: You don't know a thing about me.
Brett Hanson: Your whole life is in your face.

User Review

When slow is good, and actors shine

Rating: 9/10

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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