White Bird in a Blizzard

 (605)6.41 h 31 min2014R
Kat Connors' (Shailene Woodley) glamorous but strange mother Eve (Eva Green) vanishes. Kat is excited by her new freedom, distracted by the boy next door and the cop working the case. Disturbing facts surface and the mystery begins to haunt her.
Directors
Gregg Araki
Starring
Shailene WoodleyEva GreenChristopher Meloni
Genres
Drama
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Shiloh FernandezGabourey SidibeThomas Jane
Producers
Gregg Araki
Studio
Magnolia
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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MOWMReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Oh, my god. Shailene says if for me, what a "cheesy TV Movie"?
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To put that reference in the last line of the movie has to mean that the filmmaker knows what a bad movie they made. "Kaaaat. Kaaat Heeeeeeelp me Kaaat" her murdered mother howls from the grave. Like a film school project for people who should have studied accounting. Poorly written, horribly directed, ham-fisted acting, and they probably all thought they were gonna win Oscars. The characters are cartoonish. The dialog is clunky, melodramatic. Oh, I said that already. I'm sorry, I really hated this movie, but like a car wreck can't turn away.

But it has all the right Woke Fundamentalist credentials. The sassy, over weight black girl-friend who Kat used to be just like (but then lost weight and started doing Yoga). The snarky gay buddy who has no character development past "Oh my god, I can't believe we ever lived here." The ambitious black boyfriend who is gonna be a doctor. But don't worry, they don't have any real human features, they are only there so the pretty white girl looks noble and can talk about her feeeelings . . . and, spoiler alert, dad is only a killer because he is ACTUALLY a repress homosexual -- Oh my god! Don't you get it. It is such an original idea. Old white Men are all just repressed gay old white men! What ground breaking work!

Poor Christopher Meloni, what he puts up with to have a film career. "Uh . . . , honey. I have a choice of three scripts. I can play the mean repressed homosexual white guy, I can play the scumbag, cheating white guy, or (and this one is really exciting) I could play the corporate douchebag white guy." Man, we have come so far from the days that black actors got to chose between playing a pimp black man, a mugger black man, a drug dealer black man, or if you were really lucky the magical black man.

Watch it only if you want to play a drinking game and take a shot every time you spot a nugget of woke ideology, or alternatively when an intended emotional note falls dead flat.
16 people found this helpful
Noah WilsonReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ugh, Stereotypes and Bad Acting
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I thought I would enjoy this movie due to it being set in the late 80s-early 90s and being a bit of a mystery/thriller, but god this movie was awful.

The good parts - The mother, Eve, played by Eva Green, does an excellent job of someone a little bit unhinged. She plays the character well, and shows her unhappiness with her marriage excellently. Brock, the husband and Kat's father, also plays a clueless husband quite well. The two complement each other by not understanding their differences within the film, and create a huge amount of distrust and Eva Green is able to produce a large amount of resentment in her character's role. Although the audience may initially dislike the character, you are able to see her development into the person she became. Eva did a fantastic job on this part.

The Bad Parts - Literally everything else. Shailene Woodley has the personality of a paper towel, and her dialogue is god awful (not necessarily the actor's fault, more so the screenwriter...). The dialogue between her and pretty much every other character sounds like it was written by an 11 year old fanfiction author. Her two friends are the token characters, a LGBT+ guy and a black girl, since there is no one else interesting in this film. To try and make it seem like it's in the past, her friend says he is so afraid to date someone because of the AIDS crisis, but it sounded like more of a commercial. You don't learn anything else about the friends except for their race and sexual orientation.

I wouldn't recommend watching this unless you have literally nothing else to watch.
11 people found this helpful
sefriendlyguyReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
TRUTH HURTS!
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THE MOVIE IS SET BACK IN THE FALL/WINTER OF 1988, THIS IS A IMPORTANT DATE,
THE MOTHER, PLAYED BY EVE GREEN) AND HER DAUGHTER (CAT) PLAYED BY SHAILENE WOODLEY
THEY ARE BOTH IN THE SAME ROOM TOGETHER BY FIRST GLANCE, BUT ACTUALLY THERE NOT, ITS A FLASHBACK
SHAILENE WOODLEY PLAYS A GOOD LITTLE TEENAGE GIRL IN THE FILM
THE GEST OF THE MOVIE , IS CAT;S MOTHER IS NOT HAPPY AT ALL WITH HER HUSBAND AND THEY FIGHT ALL THE TIME AND NEVER AGREE ON ANYTHING, BUT HE BRINGS HOME THE BACON AND HE WANTS TINGS HIS WAY AND HE LETS HIS WIFE RUN THINGS, TIL HE GETS HOME AND THEN HE DOES WHATEVER SHE SAYS
UNDERNEATH SHE IS FOLLOWING APART, SHE WANTS TO LEAVE AND LIVE A SIMPLE FREE LIFE,
AS YOU WILL SEE IN THE MOVIE, SHE KIND OF LIVES THROUGH CAT WHEN HER HUBBY IS AT WORK
THEN ONE DAY, SHE JUST UP AND LEAVES,NO ONE KNOWS WHERE SHE WENT OR WHY , EVEN
HER HUSBAND IS UPSET AND DOES NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITHOUT HER, AS TIME MOVES ON CAT GETS OLDER AND SHE GOES TO COLLGE OUT OF STATE, SO HE IS THERE BY HIMSELF NOW, IN 1991 CAT COMES HOME
FOR SPRING BREAK AND SPENS TIME WITH HER OLD FRIENDS AND MEETS UP WITH THE DETECTIVE THAT THIS CASE YEARS BEFORE WHEN THEY MADE A MISSING PERSON REPORT, SHE ENDS UP SEDUCING THE DETEVIVE AT HIS HOUSE AND SHE ASK HIM WHERE HE THINKS HER MOTHER IS AFTER AL THESE YEARS, HE SAYS HE THINKS SHE IS DEAD, BUT HAS NO EVIDENCE TO PROVE IT, SHE TALKS WITH HER FRIENDS AND THEY AGREE AND THEY REMIND CAT, THEY TOLD HER THIS YEARS AGO , EVEN AFTER HER FATHER PASSED A LIE DETECTOR TEST
ANYWAY, SHE GOES BACK TO COLLEGE AND STILL HAS DREAMS AND FLASHBACKS OF HER MOTHER
SHE SEES HE MOTHER THROUGH THE BLIZZARD AND SHE RISES FROM AL THE SNOW AND SHE FINALLY GETS THE IDEA OF WHERE HER MOTHER MAYBE, WITHOUT GIVING THE SHOW AWAY, I WILL SAY, ITS HEARTBREAKING AND
WILL PULL AT YOUR HEART STRINGS AND YOU WILL FEEL SORRY FOR CAT,
SHAILENE WOODLEY KIND NARRATES WHATS GOING ON ALL DURING THE SHOW
SO, IF YOU LISTEN WHILE SHE IS TALKING SHE WILL HELP YOU , BECAUSE SOMETIMES IT DOES GET CONFUSING
NOW, JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, THERE IS SOME BRIEF NUDITY ALL THROUGH THE MOVIE OF SHAILENE WOODLEY
BUT, ITS FITTING FOR THE SCENE AT THE TIME, THE ENDING WILL BLOW YOU AWAY ! AND YOU WILL BE SURPRISED!
12 people found this helpful
Annie DavenportReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring; as interesting as a piece of crumpled paper, and the language! Ugh!
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I only made it through the first 20 minutes or so. I couldn't handle the language. Almost no sentences without 'F' this, or that, and all from the kids! A 17 year old girl begging her boyfriend to 'F' her! Not the morals I want my kids to grow up with!

After about 20 minutes, I said, 'Enough', and I moved on.
If you like the 'F' word and have no problems with loose sex and drugs, you'll enjoy this movie!
6 people found this helpful
MareReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I give it 5 stars because the subject is complicated.
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Were there points where I found the dialogue bad? A few. The actors made up for it.
Him saying "pass the butter" reminded me of how my father and grandfather never said please. Reminded me of that era and how most husbands saw their wives.
I'm weary of people linking anything to woke. Get over it. It's a movie not a political statement. My best friend was from Jamaica and was black,so just stop.
I had to watch it again to see if anything was foreshadowing of where mom was. Only one thing.
The movie storytelling reminds me of lovely bones. Except with better actors.
I don't find that it's about mental illness. Back then it was still taboo to divorce. So the wife perhaps had religious reasons so she didn't divorce him. Feeling trapped is a good reason for taking meds.
I'm sure the book has better detail as to why's and what fors.
As with most movies, it's not for everyone.
I cringed over the cop affair, but had to remind myself that's how it was back then.
Overall, well done. I don't choose to nitpick this one because it drew me in.
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AmazonBuyerReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's really about....
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... Mental illness, old-world culture/institution of marriage, and the kid whom suffers because of it all. The mother has developed severe mental and emotional issues. The father is clinging onto and enforcing some sort of self-built structure to 'keep up appearances'. The parents then reflect those problems onto the child, either consciously, or not. In this case, the child has a high level of intelligence, and can work through these issues at a younger age. The daughter is the hero of this story.
The actors try to do their best, but the directing is like a first project in film school, and we are nowhere near Stanley Kubrick levels. The props, backgrounds, etc. are well-done vis a vi the timeframes and low-level budget.
Takeaways: I would recommend this film, just mind your expectations.
8 people found this helpful
RichReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Intriguing at first, but then you want to shut it off
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It's strange that this movie is supposed to be a Drama, Mystery, Thriller. It's hardly a mystery or a thriller once you start watching it, but I would agree that it is a drama. Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) has a really messed up family that don't really care about her or what she does. One day Kat's mom, Eve Connors (Eva Green) goes missing without a trace or a single clue. Kat and her dad, Brock Connors (Christopher Meloni) go about their lives wondering what happened, but never seen too torn up about it except Kat. One day Kat has some friends over and notices something strange in the basement that isn't normal. (You actually see this ending coming a mile away while watching it. They try to throw you off, but you won't be fooled unless you're retarded.) I'm not going to say anymore and ruin this in case you actually went to watch this long 91 minute drama. I gave this 2 stars because I didn't hate seeing Shailene Woodley naked in this movie. She's one of the most gorgeous actresses in my opinion. Eva Green isn't bad either.
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Soap WitchReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
What Happened? Did everyone fall apart?
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Eva Green can make the worst scripts plausible, but Thomas Jane? He was in the Expanse! He was awesome there, but here, his hand movements don't match his emotion or his words and just poor sauce... This movie was made on everyone's worst days! Are they all poorly operating clones? And Gabourey Sidibe cannot act her way out of a paper bag, but here... Having one actor act poorly hitched the forward movement, but having all but Eva act poorly, stops the movie entirely. This is NOT a story driving movie (because the story is flat), but a character driven story and each character needs to HAVE a character. What happened to movies?
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