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.
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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.
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.
act in a role more demanding than in Twilight series. I had no idea who he was, and thought he really was a dorky teen, only
to find out he was 27 when the film was made, and he is about to play Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything". Slow
first half, but faster second half, which becomes more involving and emotional as it goes along. It has an indie-arthouse feel,
so if you are looking for a fast paced action drama, stay away.
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.