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The Yellow Handkerchief (2010)



Critic Consensus: Small and intimate -- occasionally to a fault -- The Yellow Handkerchief rises above its overly familiar ingredients thanks to riveting performances from William Hurt and Kristen Stewart.

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A love story at its core, :"The Yellow Hankerchief" is about three strangers of two generations who embark on a road trip through post Katrina, La. Along the way, relationships forge and change in a myriad of ways, leading to the possibility of second chances at life and love. Brett Hanson dealing with a painful past, crosses paths with Martine, a troubled teenager, and her new 'ride' Gordy. The trio head out together, each motivated by his/her own reasons: Brett must decide whether he wants to return to the uncertainty of his life and his ex-wife May for whom he longs, Martine yearns to escape her family and Gordy hopes to get close to her.

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Kaori Momoi
as Motel Owner
Emanuel K. Cohn
as Male Doctor
Nurith Cohn
as Female Nurse
Grover Coulson
as Farnsworth
Veronica Russell
as Pregnant Woman/Warden Genaro
Lisha Brock
as Waitress
Lucy Faust
as Snotty Girl
Ross Britz
as Friend
Marshall Cain
as Ferry Driver
Aimee Spring Fortier
as Teenage Mother
Ross Francis
as Boyfriend
Jeffrey Galpin
as Policeman #2
Ashlynn Ross
as Delivery Girl
Tanner Gill
as Man in Rain
Eric F. Adams
as Bank Accessor
Shane Tingle
as Ferry Driver #2
Michael Kennedy
as Tony Freckles
Paige Pareti
as Girl in Video
Bello Nock
as Bello Nock
Victor Brunette
as Chippy White
Holly O'Quinn
as Female Nurse
Noelle Bercy
as Dancer 1
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Critic Reviews for The Yellow Handkerchief

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (26)

Just as the relationships at the core of this drama, The Yellow Handkerchief is one big compromise. Make do with the lackluster parts and receive something uniquely pleasant.

August 13, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

This is basically brooding people doing awkward things in a humid environment.

April 2, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

When The Yellow Handkerchief finally hooks into the meat of Hamill's source story, the narrative tension puts enough wind in the film's sails to arrive at its corny but sentimentally satisfying conclusion.

April 2, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The only positive thing about the aimless film The Yellow Handkerchief is the idea that William Hurt may be ready for his Jeff Bridges moment.

April 1, 2010 | Rating: 2/4

The unhurried direction of Udayan Prasad and the unafraid choices of the sure-footed cast keep this character-driven drama afloat.

April 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

Never feels like anything but a movie with its characters who constantly say what they're feeling and doing and it never once feels genuine or organic.

March 16, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Yellow Handkerchief

On his way to meet his estranged wife, an ex-convict hitches a ride with a manic teenage runaway and a lost girl who seeks a father figure. William Hurt delivers another remarkable performance as Brett. Like few other actors, Hurt is able to capture the depth of a damaged soul, a man devastated by his luck and driven to despise his own role in the movie of his life. His scenes with Maria Bello are heart-warming, and he even makes Kristen Stewart look like a real actress. With Hurt by her side, Stewart abandons all her acting crutches -- clutching her hair, contorting her face into a semblance of human emotion, deadpan reactions that say nothing about her character. Hurt does more than make Stewart an actress; in her scenes with him, he makes her an interesting human being. I've seen many of Stewart's films, and this is the only one in which she is bearable. Director Udayan Prasad does a good job of visually capturing regret. A bare foot, someone walking by - a multitude of quotidian event can spark a reverie of regret, and Prasad turns a lazy narrative technique into a visual representation of Brett's inner life. The plot, however, is disappointing. Martine and Gordy don't have compelling backstories, and we are given no clue as to why Brett's story has such an emotion impact on them. When we finally discover the reason for Brett's incarceration, the event is a let-down compared to the build-up, and there isn't any evidence to convince the audience that Brett has learned anything during his time in prison; in fact, the film reinforces the fact that people don't change, and thus it's hard to root for Brett, even though Hurt's performance makes it difficult not to care for him at least a little bit. Overall, I don't see why William Hurt can't play Edward or Jacob or both; at least the leading lady wouldn't be so insufferable.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A little disappointing - kind of dull story that hinted at more than it actually was in the flashbacks. Good cast and good acting. I wouldn't say it is a horrible movie, or not worth watching, but I had hoped it would be better. Kristen is the standout here.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A love lost in the past. A love struggling for a future. Good movie. Kinda of a slow story but develops really well if you have the patience. The film's perspective is about tolerance, acceptance of things as they are, and forgiveness for loved ones and above all for ones self. A very good performance from William Hurt and everyone in this film. If you like road movies this is one to see, very deep. 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.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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