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The Yellow Handkerchief
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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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 1.28 Ounces
- Item model number : ARCE1001360DVD
- Director : Udayan Prasad
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 36 minutes
- Release date : January 4, 2011
- Actors : William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart
- Studio : Arc Entertainment
- ASIN : B0040ILVME
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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As for the actors: William Hurt - historically, I personally have felt he has been overrated and shot to stardom after his performance in "The Big Chill" (1983). Just my opinion, but he has always seemed to be a very limited & narrow actor, who has only been capable of maybe 3 facial expressions & 2 voice inflections. However, William Hurt was cast perfectly for this movie and did a great job. Kristen Stewart & Eddie Redmayne - Two young actors who obviously work hard at their craft - and it shows. I think we will see great things come from both of them throughout their lifetime. Maria Bello is a natural beauty - she did an awesome job and was perfect for her role as "May".
This was a simple, yet curious movie which kept me interested and guessing how this was going to pan out. Each of the characters were intriguing (and likeable) - in their own way.
This story was such a relief from the same old (or new) dazzling, high-tech, high budget movies. Just a nice little gem that definitely rose well above my expectations.
1. Some of the cinematography of the buildings and starkness is interesting.
2. The acting overall is very good.
1. Not a bad story, but it never really drew me in, I never really felt much interest in the characters other than Martine (Kristen Stewart) who I just felt sorry for.
2. This film didn't do anything for me, other than to remind me that most men are just plain stupid, disrespectful of women, and violent in my opinion.
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.
William Hurt and Maria Bello were pretty good, but nothing remarkable. I don't know how Kristen Stewart gets work. She's the worst actress in the country. I wish Eddie Reymane's part had been written out or completely changed. Terrible, terrible, terrible. I wish I'd turned it off when Kristen Stewart showed up.
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