de­liv­ers tears but not much else de­spite good ac­tors

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

Hand­ker­chief far more weight than its mea­gre drama mer­its.

Pro­duced by Academy Awards heavy­weight Arthur Cohn ( Cen­tral Sta­tion, The Gar­den of the Finzi-Con­ti­nis), The Yel­low Hand­ker­chief traces Brett’s sim­ple so­journ through post-Ka­t­rina Louisiana to re­unite with lost love May (Bello).

Just out of prison af­ter six years, Brett catches a lift with awk­ward teenager Mar­tine (Ste­wart), who in turn has tagged along with the twitchy Gordy (Red­mayne) in hopes of mak­ing an­other boy jeal­ous.

What be­gins as a short hop across the river be­comes a mis­sion for all three as Brett shares his sad life story with his trav­el­ling com­pan­ions, who are trans­fixed by the tragedies that tore him and May apart and Brett’s against-all-odds hope to give it one last chance.

Work­ing from a short story by Pete Hamill, di­rec­tor Udayan Prasad ( My Son the Fa­natic) and screen­writer Eric Dig­nam fash­ion a nar­ra­tive that flits clum­sily from the present-day road trip — dur­ing which lit­tle ac­tu­ally hap­pens — and flash­backs laden with emo­tional res­o­nance be­tween Brett and May.

Hurt and Bello, who co-starred in A His­tory of Vi­o­lence but did not share any scenes in that film, play off each other so well that it’s dis­ap­point­ing the flash­backs make up such a rel­a­tively small por­tion of The Yel­low Hand­ker­chief.

Ste­wart and Red­mayne form a nice bond with Hurt and each other, but their char­ac­ters are thinly de­vel­oped and the wisp of in­cip­i­ent ro­mance swirling be­tween them feels like filler next to Brett and May’s grand pas­sion.

Chris Menges, Os­car-winning cin­e­matog­ra­pher for The Killing Fields and The Mis­sion, pro­vides some bleak but gor­geous im­ages of bayou coun­try and the de­tri­tus left by Ka­t­rina.

The Yel­low Hand­ker­chief has been kick­ing around since its de­but at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val two years ago, in Ste­wart’s pre-Twi­light days.

It ar­rives now as lit­tle more than a cu­rios­ity, a feath­er­weight tear­jerker fea­tur­ing a promis­ing young ac­tress be­fore she had Hol­ly­wood at her feet.

Two stars out of four.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

In this film pub­lic­ity im­age re­leased by Sa­muel Gold­wyn Films, Ed­die Red­mayne, right, and Kris­ten Ste­wart are shown in a scene from

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.