The Yellow Handkerchief

February 26th 2010
  • Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 102 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart, Eddie Redmayne, Emmanuel Cohn, Nurith Cohn, Veronica Russell, Eric F. Adams, Barbara Balentine, Ross Britz, Lisha Brock, Victor Brunette, Grover Coulson, Lucy Faust, Aimee Spring Fortier, Ross Francis, Jeff Galpin, Douglas M. Griffin, Michael D. Kennedy, Rebecca Newman, Bello Nock, Holly O'Quin, Ashlynn Ross, Shayne Tingle, John Gregory Willard, Dawna Williams
  • Director: Udayan Prasad
  • Writers: Erin Dignam, Pete Hamill
  • Producer: Arthur Cohn
  • Associate Producers: Jeannette Eckenstein, Samuel Falk, Esther Grether, Annetta Grisard
  • Executive Producer: Lillian Birnbaum
  • Casting: Sharon Howard-Field
  • Costume Design: Caroline Eselin
  • D.O.P.: Chris Menges
  • Editor: Christopher Tellefsen
  • Makeup: Sterfon Demings
  • Music: Jack Livesey
  • Production Design: Monroe Kelly
  • Set Decoration: Michelle Luci Leary


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.

Brett Hanson (William Hurt) dealing with a painful past, crosses paths with Martine (Kristen Stewart), a troubled teenager, and her new 'ride' Gordy (Eddie Redmayne). 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 (Maria Bello) for whom he longs, Martine yearns to escape her family and Gordy hopes to get close to her.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New Orleans, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content, some violence, language and thematic elements
  • Production Budget: $15 million
  • Production Companies: Arthur Cohn Productions
  • Production Schedule: 27 March 2007 - May 2007

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2010 Guide Analysis: Finally getting a theatrical release in the US next month, this $15 million indie road movie remakes the Japanese 1977 original and transports the setting to post-Katrina Louisiana. Playing festivals in 2008 and released in several international territories last year, reviews were generally good with performances from William Hurt and Eddie Redmayne in particular scoring good notices.

Indian helmer Udayan Prasad ("Opa!," "Gabriel and Me") directs the film which is very much an indie arthouse work - little in the way of plot, long poignant moments and plenty of time spent just letting the actors play out scenes as their apparently quite fleshed out characters. The drawn out tone and glacial pacing scored the most criticism and will likely keep most mainstream audiences away. Sounds like a DVD rental for a lazy afternoon.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 11 April 2009: Japan