The Yellow Handkerchief
Recently released from jail, convict Brett Hanson (William Hurt) grows close to a young couple, Martine (Kristen Stewart) and Gordy (Eddie Redmayne), while journeying back home to his wife, May (Maria Bello). Set in Louisiana, this romantic road trip drama explores the loneliness everyone carries. Director Udayan Prasad remakes Yôji Yamada's acclaimed 1977 Japanese film, which was adapted from a column by American novelist Pete Hamill.
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- Udayan Prasad
PG-13Sexual content, some violence, language, and thematic elements
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this road-trip drama might appeal to more teens than expected because of co-star Kristen Stewart (of Twilight fame). There's no Bella here, and the material, which includes marital isolation and incarceration, is mature, and includes a teen girl propositioning an adult man as well as a fight that turns fatal. Still, it's a thoughtful, pretty film, and there's plenty here to hold their interest. Expect some swearing -- like "s--t" and "bitch" -- and some drinking.
- Sexual Content
- Teens kiss and the encounter gets tense when the boy pushes things a bit too far. A girl propositions a much older man. Some passionate embracing and lengthy discussions about relationships. No nudity.
- A man accidentally kills another in a brawl. (The scene is brief and not at all gory.) Some yelling at tense moments, and a fight breaks out among strangers. Awkward romantic moment turns briefly threatening. One character talks briefly about suicide.
- A smattering of "s--t" and "bitch."
- Social Behavior
- Even the most disparate characters can find common ground, and, clichéd but true: love heals. Also: forgiveness can redeem even the most hardened, or defeated, souls.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some social drinking; a woman enters a bar, takes a shot and yells at another man who's also drinking. A character gives another a pack of cigarettes.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it