THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF
Quirky Second Chance
Release Date: February 26, 2010
Starring: William Hurt, Maria Bello,
Kristen Stewart, and Eddie
Runtime: 102 minutes
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Udayan Prasad
Executive Producer: Lillian Birnbaum
Producer: Arthur Cohn
Writer: Erin Dignam
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Meyer Gottlieb, President
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The movie opens with Bret, played by William Hurt, getting out of prison. He keeps having flashbacks of his romance with May, played by Maria Bello. At a country restaurant and store, he meets a quirky teenage girl named Martine, played by Kristen Stewart of TWILIGHT, who just dumped her boyfriend. In the same restaurant, goofing around, is a nerdy guy who claims to be an American Indian, but doesn’t look like one, named Gordon. They team up to head south. In a driving rainstorm, they are forced to stay in one motel room. Gordon starts to make advances on Martine. Bret stops it.
At another location, they are harassed by some teenagers. Bret beats one of them up. The police arrest him, but a friendly sergeant lets him go. Martine and Gordon find out that he was in prison for manslaughter, defending May’s honor. Martine and Gordon want Bret wants to go back to May, but after six years he’s not sure she wants him.
Eventually, these lost souls need a second chance.
Although it is subtle, this is a message of redemption. At a key scene, Bret goes into a church and sits alone for hours. On the other hand, these are pretty messy lives. There is implied unmarried sex, violence, foul language, and drinking alcohol to excess. And, Bret can’t kick his smoking habit. The acting is excellent. The photography and music are compelling. Regrettably, sometimes the movie drags, because of a lack of consistent jeopardy and foreshadowing.
YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF is produced in Louisiana, but has a European sensibility. The movie presents a very subtle message of redemption. At a key scene, Bret goes into a church and sits alone for hours. On the other hand, these are pretty messy lives. There is implied unmarried sex, violence, foul language, and drinking alcohol to excess. The acting is excellent. The music is compelling. Regrettably, sometimes the movie drags, because of a lack of jeopardy and foreshadowing.