White Bird in a Blizzard

White Bird in a Blizzard

White Bird in a Blizzard

Set in the late ‘80s, the life of a teenage girl (Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars) gets complicated in this coming-of-age mystery after the seemingly random disappearance of her mother (Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire).

Kat (Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Green), an enigmatic and haunted woman, disappears. Having lived in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father (Christopher Meloni) for the loss. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it.

2014Rating: R16, Sex scenes,violence,drug use and offensive language88 minsUSA, France
DramaMysteryThriller
Director:
Gregg Araki ('Kaboom', 'Mysterious Skin', 'The Doom Generation')
Writer:
Gregg Araki
Cast:
Shailene WoodleyEva GreenChristopher MeloniShiloh FernandezAngela BassettThomas Jane
68%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

It's easy to be distracted by (and possibly even to dismiss) "White Bird" as a tarted-up Nancy Drew mystery without recognizing it's a complex take on how teens must break away from their parents to become their own person.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Misses the energy and vitality of Gregg Araki's best work, but there's more going on here than immediately meets the eye.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Araki has never made a boring movie, even if his brand of too-fast-too-soon sexual awakening has become something of a crutch.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Its elements don't really cohere.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This dreamy/nightmarish weirdie finds Araki reining in his anarchic excesses with rewarding results, as his satirical sensuality reaps the benefits of a heavily orchestrated deadpan formality.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Araki's campy-clunky, crass-for-crass'-sake adaptation of the 1999 novel by Laura Kasischke needed a full rethink.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A more restrained effort from Araki than the headrush of Kaboom, there's plenty of fun to be had in Eva Green's Joan Crawford-esque turn as the vanished lady.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

It's easy to be distracted by (and possibly even to dismiss) "White Bird" as a tarted-up Nancy Drew mystery without recognizing it's a complex take on how teens must break away from their parents to become their own person.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Misses the energy and vitality of Gregg Araki's best work, but there's more going on here than immediately meets the eye.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Araki has never made a boring movie, even if his brand of too-fast-too-soon sexual awakening has become something of a crutch.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Its elements don't really cohere.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This dreamy/nightmarish weirdie finds Araki reining in his anarchic excesses with rewarding results, as his satirical sensuality reaps the benefits of a heavily orchestrated deadpan formality.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Araki's campy-clunky, crass-for-crass'-sake adaptation of the 1999 novel by Laura Kasischke needed a full rethink.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A more restrained effort from Araki than the headrush of Kaboom, there's plenty of fun to be had in Eva Green's Joan Crawford-esque turn as the vanished lady.

3.0

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