Just out of prison, Brett (Hurt) is hoping his ex-wife May (Bello) will take him back, so he hitches a ride with teenage misfits Martine (Stewart) and Gordy (Redmayne) back to Louisiana. As they travel the three strangers come to trust, understand, and help one another. Hurt leads with an excellent performance in this movie that's unafraid to sit back and let the character dynamics unfold slowly and gracefully, avoiding excessive sentimentality. Title refers to Brett's request that May should hang a yellow handkerchief outside the house if she says yes. Adapted from a 1971 short story by Pete Hamill.
One should always be a little wary of a film that was shot three years before its release date. Sure, some movies merely take awhile to get through the production pipeline but when it's an independent drama like The Yellow Handkerchief, it probably means something is wrong. This character ...Read More