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* HollywoodKiss: [[spoiler:Brett and May's ReunionKiss]] is so sweet, loving, and cinematic it looks like it should be on a movie poster.

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* HollywoodKiss: [[spoiler:Brett and May's ReunionKiss]] is so sweet, loving, loving and cinematic it looks like it should ought to be on a movie poster.



* OneHeadTaller: In her bare feet, May comes up almost exactly to Brett's chin. [[spoiler:This only adds to the romance of the final scene, as he folds her in his arms and strokes her hair while she hides her face in his chest. He even gets to lift her off the ground and into his arms for their ReunionKiss.]]

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* OneHeadTaller: In her bare feet, May comes up almost exactly to Brett's chin. [[spoiler:This only adds to the romance of the final scene, as he folds her in his arms and strokes her hair while she hides her face in his chest. He even gets to lift her off the ground and into his arms for before their ReunionKiss.]]



** Martine is a little judgemental and brutally honest, but very trusting.

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** Martine is a little judgemental judgmental and brutally honest, but very trusting.

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* HollywoodKiss: [[spoiler:Brett and May's ReunionKiss]] is so sweet, loving, and cinematic it looks like it should be on a movie poster.


''The Yellow Handkerchief'' is a 2008 drama film starring Creator/WilliamHurt, Maria Bello, Creator/KristenStewart and Creator/EddieRedmayne.

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''The Yellow Handkerchief'' is a 2008 drama film starring Creator/WilliamHurt, Maria Bello, Creator/MariaBello, Creator/KristenStewart and Creator/EddieRedmayne.

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* AbuseMistake: A passerby [[spoiler:mistakes Brett's attempt to give a distraught (and drunk) May a CooldownHug for DomesticAbuse]], which is what leads to the AccidentalMurder that sparks the whole plot.

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* LoveTheme: Brett and May have an achingly poignant, beautiful, romantic theme that winds through their tenderest moments together.


* BrokenBird: May has been through a ''lot'' in her life, and it's taken its toll.



* IWillWaitForYou: Discussed by Martine, who says she would wait for a loved one to serve out their prison sentence. [[spoiler: Ultimately played straight by May]].

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* IWillWaitForYou: Discussed by Martine, who says she would wait InsecureLoveInterest: The reason Brett is reluctant to go back to May is that he doesn't think he's good enough for a loved one to serve out their prison sentence. [[spoiler: Ultimately played straight by May]].her. [[spoiler:May doesn't agree with him.]]



* IWillWaitForYou: Discussed by Martine, who says she would wait for a loved one to serve out their prison sentence. [[spoiler: Ultimately played straight by May]].



* LoveWillLeadYouBack: Despite the way their relationship ended, May refuses to give up on Brett, hoping that he will find his way back to her. [[spoiler:She's absolutely right.]]



* OneTrueLove: Martine calls May "the one thing in [his] whole life [he's] ever loved." Brett can't deny it.
* ThePowerOfLove: The movie's ''tagline'' is "Discover the power of love."



* TearsOfJoy: May gets a bit teary-eyed when [[spoiler:Brett lifts her into his arms at the end]].



* TroubledBackStoryFlashback: To Brett's relationship with May, [[spoiler: her miscarriage of their child and accidental murder of a stranger]].

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* TroubledBackStoryFlashback: To Brett's relationship with May, [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her miscarriage of their child and accidental murder of a stranger]].

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Martine gives one to Brett about May.
-->'''Martine''': Do you think she knows.... that she's the one thing in your whole life you've ever loved?


* KarmaHoudini: The couple that attacked Gordy for accidentally dinging their van seem to get off scott free, aside from the husband getting beaten up by Brett.

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: This is why Brett breaks things off with May -- he thinks she's better off without him. [[spoiler:[[IWillWaitForYou May doesn't agree]].]]
* KarmaHoudini: The couple that attacked Gordy for accidentally dinging their van seem to get off scott scot free, aside from the husband getting beaten up by Brett.


* OneHeadTaller: In her bare feet, May comes up almost exactly to Brett's chin. [[spoiler:This only adds to the romance of the final scene, as he folds her in his arms and strokes her hair while she hides her face in his chest.]]

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* OneHeadTaller: In her bare feet, May comes up almost exactly to Brett's chin. [[spoiler:This only adds to the romance of the final scene, as he folds her in his arms and strokes her hair while she hides her face in his chest. He even gets to lift her off the ground and into his arms for their ReunionKiss.]]


* MoralityPet: The teens are this for Brett. When he thinks Gordy might be raping Martine due to a misunderstanding, he intervenes and makes Gordy sleep in the bathroom. Later when some rednecks attack Gordy, he defends him.

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* MoralityPet: The teens are this for Brett. When he thinks Gordy might be raping Martine due to a misunderstanding, he intervenes and makes Gordy sleep in the bathroom. Later when some rednecks attack Gordy, he defends him. May also qualifies; his tenderness with her speaks volumes about how much he loves her.



* OneHeadTaller: In her bare feet, May comes up almost exactly to Brett's chin. [[spoiler:This only adds to the romance of the final scene, as he folds her in his arms and she hides her face in his chest.]]

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* OneHeadTaller: In her bare feet, May comes up almost exactly to Brett's chin. [[spoiler:This only adds to the romance of the final scene, as he folds her in his arms and strokes her hair while she hides her face in his chest.]]



* ReunionKiss: Brett and May, [[spoiler:at the very end of the film]]. Unlike most examples of the trope, the kiss itself is simple, sweet, and heartfelt, but most of the emotion is conveyed simply by the way he holds her.

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* ReunionKiss: Brett and May, [[spoiler:at the very end of the film]]. Unlike most examples of the trope, while the kiss itself is simple, sweet, and heartfelt, but most of the emotion is conveyed simply by the tender way he holds her.

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* OneHeadTaller: In her bare feet, May comes up almost exactly to Brett's chin. [[spoiler:This only adds to the romance of the final scene, as he folds her in his arms and she hides her face in his chest.]]


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* ReunionKiss: Brett and May, [[spoiler:at the very end of the film]]. Unlike most examples of the trope, the kiss itself is simple, sweet, and heartfelt, but most of the emotion is conveyed simply by the way he holds her.

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* KarmaHoudini: The couple that attacked Gordy for accidentally dinging their van seem to get off scott free, aside from the husband getting beaten up by Brett.

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* BlueAndOrangeContrast: During the flashback of May and Brett making love in the shower, the scene is lit by contrasting hues of blue and orange.


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* ColorMotif:
** The first troubled flashbacks with May are heavily filtered in blue, to create a melancholy feeling. A similar use of blue is created in a flashback to [[spoiler: Brett divorcing May in prison]] as all the prisoners wear blue uniforms.
** The scene of May and Brett rowing through the bayou have a lot of green, creating a tranquil feeling.
** Brett telling Gordy and Martine about May is lit with a predominance of orange - emphasising the warmth.


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* MagicalNativeAmerican: Gordy (who is white but raised by Native Americans) tries to invoke this a couple of times, but it's used to show him as an idiot.


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* MoodLighting: Love scenes between Brett and May are shot with a soft yellow light.


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* RoadTripPlot: But of course. The majority of the movie is spent on the road as the trio journey through Louisiana.
* RoadTripRomance: Martine and Gordy slowly fall for each other during the trip.



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-> '''Gordy:''' Why did you trust him from the beginning?
-> '''Martine:''' I think because I trust...sad people.



William Hurt plays Brent, a man who gets released from prison at the start of the story. With no home and no family, he ends up hitchhiking with two teenagers. Martine (Kristen Stewart) and Gordy (Eddie Redmayne) are strangers to each other, but get drawn together. Each of them is dysfunctional in their own way, but all bond as they journey to Southern Louisiana. Along the way, Brent is troubled by flashbacks to his relationship with a woman called May (Maria Bello).

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William Hurt plays Brent, Brett, a man who gets released from prison at the start of the story. With no home and no family, he ends up hitchhiking with two teenagers. Martine (Kristen Stewart) and Gordy (Eddie Redmayne) are strangers to each other, but get drawn together. Each of them is dysfunctional in their own way, but all bond as they journey to Southern Louisiana. Along the way, Brent Brett is troubled by flashbacks to his relationship with a woman called May (Maria Bello).



** [[spoiler: What Brent went to prison for. A passerby saw him and May arguing, thought Brent was attacking her and tried to intervene. Brent pushed him and he hit his head off a fire hydrant]].

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** [[spoiler: What Brent Brett went to prison for. A passerby saw him and May arguing, thought Brent Brett was attacking her and tried to intervene. Brent Brett pushed him and he hit his head off a fire hydrant]].



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Alluded to with May, who had a string of bad relationships. Brent suggests that the men themselves were just bad. Brent himself is a former bad boy who is now reformed.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: May gave one to Brent while he was in prison - right after he said he wanted a divorce]]. Also doubles as a ReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* BetaCouple: Although Martine and Gordy are two of the protagonists, more emphasis is on Brent and May's relationship, making them the Beta.
* ChekhovsGun: Brent mails a postcard when they stop at a motel. [[spoiler: He later reveals it was a postcard telling May he'd just gotten out]].
* ChildrenRaiseYou: Brent is clearly a better person from getting to know the two teens along the road trip.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Gordy in parts due to having NoSocialSkills. He comes across as slightly creepy at first, but his awkwardness endears him to Brett and Martine after a while.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Alluded to with May, who had a string of bad relationships. Brent Brett suggests that the men themselves were just bad. Brent Brett himself is a former bad boy who is now reformed.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: May gave one to Brent Brett while he was in prison - right after he said he wanted a divorce]]. Also doubles as a ReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* BetaCouple: Although Martine and Gordy are two of the protagonists, more emphasis is on Brent Brett and May's relationship, making them the Beta.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Gordy apparently is a computer repairman.
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ChekhovsGun: Brent Brett mails a postcard when they stop at a motel. [[spoiler: He later reveals it was a postcard telling May he'd just gotten out]].
* ChildrenRaiseYou: Brent Brett is clearly a better person from getting to know the two teens along the road trip.trip.
* ChromaticArrangement: The three protagonists. Brett wears a blue jacket, Martine has a red top and Gordy a green shirt and cap.



* DefrostingIceQueen: Martine warms towards Gordy as the film goes on.

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* DefrostingIceQueen: Martine warms towards Gordy as the film goes on. May also in the process of her relationship with Brett.
--> "Did you know that you made me love you?"



* DysfunctionJunction: In the one car we have - the ex-con who went to prison for manslaughter, the MotorMouth of a teenage runaway, and the absurdly trusting fifteen-year-old with daddy issues.

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* DysfunctionJunction: In the one car we have - the ex-con who went to prison for manslaughter, the MotorMouth of a oddball teenage runaway, and the absurdly trusting fifteen-year-old with daddy issues.



* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Martine (Choleric), Gordy (Sanguine), Brent (Phlegmatic) and May (Melancholic).

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Martine (Choleric), Gordy (Sanguine), Brent Brett (Phlegmatic) and May (Melancholic). (Melancholic).
* FreeRangeChildren: Martine is free to take off on a two-day road trip around the state, and she mentions that her father hasn't even left a message wondering where she is.



* {{Hypocrite}}: A redneck's girlfriend screams abuse at Brent for attacking her boyfriend, calling him a psycho and freak. This is after her boyfriend had been attacking Gordy, while she sadistically cheered him on.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: {{Hypocrite}}:
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A redneck's girlfriend screams abuse at Brent Brett for attacking her boyfriend, calling him a psycho and freak. This is after her boyfriend had been attacking Gordy, while she sadistically cheered him on.on.
** Not long after this, Gordy is mistrustful of Brett when he finds out he was in prison. This is after he's spent a while hoping Martine won't judge him for his flaws.



* IntergenerationalFriendship: Brent - who is in his forties or fifties - with Gordy and Martine, who are both teenagers.
* LastGuyWins: Brent was the latest in a series of failed lovers for May. [[spoiler: He does indeed win and she waits for him to get out of prison]].
* LastMinuteHookUp: [[spoiler: Gordy and Martine after Brent and May are reunited]].

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* IntergenerationalFriendship: Brent Brett - who is in his forties or fifties - with Gordy and Martine, who are both teenagers.
* LastGuyWins: Brent Brett was the latest in a series of failed lovers for May. [[spoiler: He does indeed win and she waits for him to get out of prison]].
* LastMinuteHookUp: [[spoiler: Gordy and Martine after Brent Brett and May are reunited]].



--> '''Brent:''' Are you interviewing for the job, because you're a little young.
* MoralityPet: The teens are this for Brent. When he thinks Gordy might be raping Martine due to a misunderstanding, he intervenes and makes Gordy sleep in the bathroom. Later when some rednecks attack Gordy, he defends him.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The audience is led to believe that Brent went to prison for killing May or at least assaulting her. It's later revealed they were in love and the actual murder was a stranger who got caught in an argument between them. Funnily enough May is wearing a [[VisualPun red dress]] when it happens]].

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--> '''Brent:''' '''Brett:''' Are you interviewing for the job, because you're a little young.
* MoralityPet: The teens are this for Brent.Brett. When he thinks Gordy might be raping Martine due to a misunderstanding, he intervenes and makes Gordy sleep in the bathroom. Later when some rednecks attack Gordy, he defends him.
* MotorMouth: Martine tends to ramble or ask a lot of questions.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The audience is led to believe that Brent Brett went to prison for killing May or at least assaulting her. It's later revealed they were in love and the actual murder was a stranger who got caught in an argument between them. Funnily enough May is wearing a [[VisualPun red dress]] when it happens]].



* SheCleansUpNicely: [[spoiler: May dons a beautiful red dress and does her hair in anticipation of Brent's return at the end]].
* ShipperOnDeck: [[spoiler: Martine and Gordy are the ones who convince Brent to reunite with May, after hearing the story about her]].

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* SheCleansUpNicely: [[spoiler: May dons a beautiful red dress and does her hair in anticipation of Brent's Brett's return at the end]].
* ShipperOnDeck: [[spoiler: Martine and Gordy are the ones who convince Brent Brett to reunite with May, after hearing the story about her]].



* TroubledBackStoryFlashback: To Brent's relationship with May, [[spoiler: her miscarriage of their child and accidental murder of a stranger]].

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* TroubledBackStoryFlashback: To Brent's Brett's relationship with May, [[spoiler: her miscarriage of their child and accidental murder of a stranger]].



** Brent is an ex-con and has a hint of a temper, but is a kind and honourable man underneath.

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** Brent Brett is an ex-con and has a hint of a temper, but is a kind and honourable man underneath.



* {{Tsundere}}: May is a Type A who gets ''tsuntsun'' when Brent first makes advances to her, but becomes ''deredere'' pretty quickly. Martine is a Type B who is mostly ''deredere'' to Brent, but Gordy brings out her ''tsuntsun'' side.

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* TrueBlueFemininity: Martine's default outfit has a blue t-shirt, emphasising her kind and caring nature.
* {{Tsundere}}: May is a Type A who gets ''tsuntsun'' when Brent Brett first makes advances to her, but becomes ''deredere'' pretty quickly. Martine is a Type B who is mostly ''deredere'' to Brent, Brett, but Gordy brings out her ''tsuntsun'' side.



* WhatTheHellHero: May delivers this speech to Brent [[spoiler: as he gives her divorce papers while in prison]].

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* WhatTheHellHero: May delivers this speech to Brent Brett [[spoiler: as he gives her divorce papers while in prison]].



* WhenSheSmiles: [[spoiler: May only properly smiles at the end when she's reunited with Brent - and it's lovely. Brent himself breaks into an equally happy smile]].

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* WhenSheSmiles: [[spoiler: May only properly smiles at the end when she's reunited with Brent Brett - and it's lovely. Brent Brett himself breaks into an equally happy smile]].


''Film/TheYellowHandkerchief'' is a 2008 drama film starring Creator/WilliamHurt, Maria Bello, Creator/KristenStewart and Creator/EddieRedmayne.

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''Film/TheYellowHandkerchief'' ''The Yellow Handkerchief'' is a 2008 drama film starring Creator/WilliamHurt, Maria Bello, Creator/KristenStewart and Creator/EddieRedmayne.

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