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The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

William Hurt , Maria Bello , Udayan Prasad  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart
  • Directors: Udayan Prasad
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Millennium Media Services
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040ILVME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,848 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A love story at its core, THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF is about three strangers of two generations who embark on a road trip through post-Katrina Louisiana. Along the way, relationships forge and change in a myriad of ways, leading to the possibility of second chances at life and love. The film is loosely based on a short story by renowned writer Pete Hamill. Brett Hanson (William Hurt) is an ex-convict, just released from prison after serving six years for manslaughter and now adrift in a world of new freedoms and responsibilities. Finding initial difficulties in reconciling himself to a troubled past, Brett crosses paths with lonely and troubled teenager Martine (Kristen Stewart) and her new 'ride' Gordy (Eddie Redmayne). The trio head out in the same car and direction Martine to cut loose and get away from her family, Gordy to get closer to Martine, and Brett, who must decide whether he wants to return to his troubled past and an uncertainty with May (Maria Bello), the woman he left behind.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best road movie and it has Eddie Redmayne! August 21, 2010
By Chimel
In the days of The Expandables action movies or FX fantasies, The Yellow Handkerchief is a real gem of pure humanity and emotion.
In this road movie, 2 teenagers travel with an ex-convict, and they are just 2 empty vessels eager to be filled by the life experiences of William Hurt and build their future adulthood.

William Hurt's character has a lot to rebuild too, and his acting is magnificent all along. The 2 teens are Kristen Stewart and Eddie Redmayne, who are also transforming and learning about themselves and relationships with others at the same pace as the road trip. There is a good feeling from the start of the movie and a nice progression till the end. Eddie Redmayne is particularly shining as a modest character, just like he is in the current The Pillars of the Earth series.

Definitely the best coming of age and road movie for a while. A long while, since it was first shown at the Sundance festival over 2.5 years ago, and still no DVD on the horizon.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars poignant, understated July 28, 2010
This somewhat quirky Independent drama, a remake of a Japanese film based upon an American short story, features a very powerful performance by William Hurt. The poignant, but understated, plot highlights the loneliness we all face as 3 unlikely companions make a road trip through rural Louisiana. Bravo!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up Fans of Kristen Stewart and William Hurt September 15, 2010
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This movie has been on dvd about a year. Amazon apparently missed that information. If you want a copy, do as I did: order a used copy from the Amazon Marketplace. It is a good movie--the plot is not all that stirring, but the acting is quite good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting 101 November 19, 2010
By Nidkah
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Like someone already commented and reviewed, who needs Special Fx, action sequences and CGI, when you can watch a nice little drama movie where the actors really can act and shine throughout the entire movie.

Like I said Superb acting 101. Hurt doesn't get any better than here, Bello too. Eddie and Kristen are in a league of their own when it comes to young actors, they really know their craft.

It's been so long since a movie has made me cry, and cry I did. I loved it. Highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love: Finding it, Losing it, Reclaiming it July 3, 2011
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters, Great Actors July 4, 2012
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As another reviewer mentioned, this film doesn't depend on excessive action sequences and special effects. I grew up watching old movies on tv and love films that depend on character development, dialogue, and good actors. This film filled these criteria well.

I was especially intrigued by Eddie Redmayne. I had seen him in Birdsong Masterpiece Classic: Birdsong and he didn't overly impress me, but he really excelled in this part. He plays the goofy young man so effectively. He immersed himself in his portrayal of Gordy so much you would never guess that he was educated at Eton and Cambridge.

The other two primary actors were very also good. William Hurt always performs to a high standard. I found his protrayal of Brett to be sensitive, compassionate and strong. And no other actress plays the conflicted young woman as well as Kristen Stewart.

It's unfortunate that this film isn't better known. It is a touching story, well acted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant low-key coming of age April 27, 2012
William Hurt shines in this little road pic, as he plays grown-up against two quirky teens as they try to come of age while he struggles with his loser past. No violence. Just a lot of dialogue as the unlikely trio hit the road in upstate Louisiana after a storm has left them stranded. It doesn't make a lot of sense that the two teens are on the road together. She is 15 and he isn't much older. Hurt just got out of prison, but they don't know that yet. He is looking for a woman from his past. The ending will make you smile. Hollywood!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very endearing film.
Published 10 hours ago by ann hester
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite the cover art this is a William Hurt/Maria Bello movie with a...
A simple story with LOADS of heart using post-Katrina as a backdrop. Despite the cover art this is a William Hurt/Maria Bello movie with a good support cast. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Leon P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
not bed movie!
Published 13 days ago by nini-xia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie, very enjoyable, pretty cool story.
Published 22 days ago by franfire
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this video! A very touching movie!
Published 1 month ago by Teri1
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This is a lovely story, acted by a first class cast. William Hurt, who is always magnificent, does not disappoint here! Maria Bello is lovely as usual. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Promise
5.0 out of 5 stars It is nice to see life turn out this way, even if it is only a movie
Wouldn't it be great if real life turned out this way? I find it silly how people try to explain the whole plot in their review. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Randy Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars While not a cult classic, this movie does deserve *4* stars...
This Movie is a remake of an older Japanese Film. The American Version
stars William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart and Eddy Redmayne. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Devils.Advocate666
5.0 out of 5 stars The Yellow Handkechief
Another movie that surprised me. It was really worth watching. I'm surprised go Kristen keep up the great work. A must see movie.
Published 7 months ago by Terri Daniel
3.0 out of 5 stars OK -- not great.
This was just OK -- probably won't watch it again. Just couldn't really connect with the characters, even though I really like Kristen Stewart and Willam Hurt in other movies. Read more
Published 11 months ago by lesnfancy
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