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trailer break: ‘The Yellow Handkerchief’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

This film was at Sundance two years ago, in January 2008, which means it was completed before Twilight even started shooting. I think it’s probably a safe bet that the only reason The Yellow Handkerchief is even getting a release at all now is because of Kristen Stewart’s presence here.

And that’s really too bad. I haven’t seen the film (and I won’t until DVD, which I bet will be timed to coincide with the June release of Twilight: Eclipse), so I have no idea if it’s any good or not. But it’s got a cast in William Hurt and Maria Bello that was already impressive before Stewart became a Name, and it looks like the kind of grownup drama that we don’t see enough of at the movies. It’s depressing to think that the only reason it’s getting a theatrical release at all is because one of its then-almost-unknown teen cast members is now a star.

The Yellow Handkerchief opens in limited release in the U.S. (and Canada?) on February 26; no U.K. release date has been announced.

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