Indie Gems: White Bird in a Blizzard

She's just gone and she's never coming back.

In the fall of 1988, seventeen year old Kat's (Shailene Woodley) mother, Eve (Eva Green) disappears without a trace. Her soft spoken father (Christopher Meloni) clams up over this. Eve had been acting strange lately, and the police think she may have just left on her own.

I had kind of a visceral reaction to this film. It has it's flaws. Eva Green's American accent is extremely shaky, you have to suffer through Shiloh Fernandez's "acting," but damn did I enjoy this. 

Director Gregg Araki just makes interesting films, though they're not everyone's cup of tea. I liked the flow of this one. I liked that the dialogue wasn't overly stylized and that Kat's narration actually sounded like it was from a teenager. Woodley is a very capable actress when she's given good material, and she was very good here. She got a lot of press for doing nude scenes in the film, but her performance speaks strongly enough on it's own. Green and Meloni were also perfect for their roles. I worried at first because Green is way too young to look like she could be a seventeen year old's mother, but she pulled it off. Then there's the costume design. I thought it was superb in recreating the late 80's/early 90's fashion. 

This film is based on a book, and Araki drastically changed the ending. Apparently that didn't sit well with everyone. I never read it.

Grade: A-

Memorable Quote: "We told you that. You just didn't want to hear it." - Beth (Gabourey Sidibe)

20 comments:

  1. Nice review! Shailene and Eva are simply amazing. I am happy to see this one finally arrive on Netflix. :)

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    1. I hope you like it! They are wonderful, even if Eva still needs to work on her American accent.

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  2. Well now I need to see this one too!

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    1. I think you'd like it. I hope so anyways. lol

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  3. It wasn't interestingly told in my opinion. But man, that twist ending in the end.. if you know what I mean.. was priceless! :D

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    1. Yes, it was. Not what I was expecting for sure. lol

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  4. I want to see this because of Gregg Araki as I do like his films but yeah, I don't like Shiloh Fernandez either. He can't act for shit.

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    1. He's not in this a whole lot, but I agree, he's horrendous. I hope you check it out though, especially if you like Araki.

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  5. This definitely sounds intriguing. I love the way you reviewed it, conveying the flow of it, without giving too much away.

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  6. I watched this a while back already, but JUST watched it last night with my sister for the first time. Like me, she really enjoyed it.

    I love that the mystery being not such a mystery at times isn't that big of a deal. There were other things to be said, so when things hey to obvious they throw more at you. If that makes any sense...

    Woodley was really good, and Eva was great. The scene where Woodley' s character catches Eva's gawking at her from the hallway and she slams the door in her face is a riot. Eva didn't even flinch.

    This was a YA book done right.

    Great review!!!

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    1. Did you read the book? What did you think of the ending switch up? It seemed like it pissed quiet a few people off.

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  7. I wanted to see it for Eva but Woodley is in it :/

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    1. She's actually very good. She's pretty insufferable in interviews, but I think when given the right material she's a very good actress.

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  8. So...this is what I'm watching tonight. Sweet.

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    1. It was the mention of boobs, wasn't it? :P

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  9. Ow, I have to disagree. I thought this was such a disappointment. Shailene Woodley was pretty good (especially during her last scene with her dad), but I just found it very weak. I normally love Eva Green but she was just too OTT for me.

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    1. Green was shaky, but I just loved it. I'm a big Araki fan too.

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  10. I was a little underwhelmed by the movie (B-), but the cast was VERY good.

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    1. I can see that, but yes the cast was excellent. I think even I liked it more than I was expecting to.

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