Monday, March 22, 2010
"The Yellow Handkerchief": interesting metaphor, disturbing backstory in post-Katrina road trip
“The Yellow Handkerchief”, as a movie title, is a clever metaphor, parallel to “The White Ribbon”,, maybe. But the setting here is really a small social experiment. Three strangers come together for a road trip through post-Katrina Louisiana. William Hurt (“Body Heat”) here plays an ex-con Brett, just out of jail, who meets up with an appealing young drifter Gordy (British actor Eddie Redmayne), and Martine (Kristen Stewart, who plays the role just as if she were Bella in the Twilight movies).
Gordy, somewhat a handyman, says he fixes computers that nobody else can fix for a living, and claims to be a Native American (from his physical appearance, that’s impossible). But gradually the movie moves into telling the backstory of Brett and his somewhat trouble marriage (the metaphor here) with May (Maria Bello), which led him into involuntary manslaughter defending her, and his putting himself into prison to punish himself and others. It’s a disturbing precept.
The film is directed by Udayan Prasad and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn films, and shot 2.35:1 anamorphic. The official site for the film is here.
Hollywood News Network offers an interview with Eddie Redmayne and Kristen Stewart