Set in rural Louisiana, Udayan Prasad’s tender, affecting road picture The Yellow Handkerchief combines a coming-of-age narrative with the tale of a man driven to seek the salvation he believes he no longer deserves.
Brett (William Hurt) has just been released from prison. A ferry ride and a fierce rainstorm bring him alongside two teenagers, Martine (Kristen Stewart) and Gordy (Eddie Redmayne). Gordy is new to the community, and along with his obvious crush on Martine he possesses an awkwardness that makes him more assertive than he means to be. When the circumstances force Martine and Brett to accept a ride from Gordy, Brett finds himself playing the role of chaperone.