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|Genre||Action & Adventure/Thrillers|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC See more|
|Contributor||Eva Green, Thomas Jane, Shailene Woodley, Gregg Araki, Angela Bassett, Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, Shiloh Fernandez See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 31 minutes|
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Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is a young woman embracing her newfound sexuality when her glamorous but strange mother Eve (Eva Green) vanishes. At first Kat is excited by her new freedom, distracted by the boy next door (Shiloh Fernandez) and the cop working the case (Thomas Jane). But as disturbing facts about the disappearance surface, the mystery begins to haunt her. From acclaimed director Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, Smiley Face, Kaboom), based on the best-selling novel. Also starring Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe and Angela Bassett.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 10801
- Director : Gregg Araki
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Release date : January 20, 2015
- Actors : Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe
- Subtitles: : French, English, Spanish
- Studio : Magnolia Home Ent
- ASIN : B00OLII3MY
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,267 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.
So, not a popular opinion judging by the many harsh reviews, but I actually really enjoyed this film. Yes, it takes a decidedly feminist stance, and by no means is it an Oscar contender, but it's genuinely not terrible and I in fact, as aforementioned, liked it.
Now, it's been a while since I saw this. I did not want to write a review right away because I kept thinking about this film several days after watching it and it really left me with something to ponder.
It's set in the late 1980's, which is becoming a trendy time period to shoot films now that we're far enough out of that decade to look back fondly. This film has a cool, low-key Stranger Things vibe, except different subject matter. Costumes, hair, makeup and set are right on, and there's definitely that sense of innocence to the teens in the film, in a time period predating social media.
Eva Greene is splendid in her role as Eve, a way-too-sophisticated-and-high-class for this town/house/husband woman, unhappily married to Christopher Meloni's hangdog, how-did-he-nab-HER? weakling Brock (like the SNL sketch "Live Report" featuring Margot Robbie and Mikey Day, the wearing socks and Crocs hubbie). Green's disdainful scowls and general air of disgusted haughtiness practically carry the film and if this film was meant to be a Shailene Woodley vehicle (Woodley plays Greene's teenage daughter, Kat), nope, it's the Eva Greene show through and through.
There are several themes running through this film: coming of age, dysfunctional family dynamics, jealousy, emotional abuse.
White Bird in a Blizzard works as a heartwarming coming-of-age story, albeit centered around a dysfunctional family and an extreme event that takes place. The film unfolds from the POV of 17 yo Kat Conners as she recounts, through flashbacks and therapy appointments (with the one and only Angela Bassett in a small role as therapist, a waste of her talent here), events before, surrounding, and after the disappearance of her mother.
Now, I did say there is a definite feminist stance to White Bird in a Blizzard. Eva Greene's Eve is in her early forties, fashionable, with a 1960's French-girl sensibility and sophistication (hence why French actress Greene was chosen to play the part, no doubt). She still has a beauty and vibrancy to her, which plays out as restlessness and lashing out at her teenage daughter, whose youth and freedom Eve clearly envies, whilst she is stuck as a homemaker housewife serving up pot roast and snark in equal portions.
Christopher Meloni's Brock is the epitome of the braindead husband, content in his life and his dull routines, a sickly stone to his wife's fire. This causes quarrels between the parents, and Kat is stuck between both, vying for parental love and acceptance, while discovering herself amidst the dysfunction and the wrath of her unstable mother.
As to the title, White Bird in a Blizzard, keep it in mind as you watch the film. There are all sorts of tiny hidden clues leaving a minute trail of breadcrumbs to follow. And oh, boy, the ending! Yes indeed, there's a hidden twist (or two) that you won't be able to guess at or see coming. I won't say much more than each character has depth and there's more than meets the eye.
I really felt for all of the characters and I could see from each's perspective. I also enjoyed Gabourey Sidibe as Kat's high school friend, serving up a little comedy to lighten the otherwise dark subject matter of this film. Oh, and did I mention Thomas Jane as the hot cop?
All in all, I feel the themes in White Bird in a Blizzard make it a compelling watch. The completely unexpected ending, as well as Eva Greene's venom spitting performance, make this film worth the expenditure of time to see it through.