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