Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as “The goat man”) comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid’s gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid’s gift is to teach her Mother about love. —IMDb.com
Peter Kosminsky (born 1956, London) is a British writer, director and producer. He has directed Hollywood movies such as White Oleander and television films like Warriors, No Child of Mine, The Government Inspector and The Promise.
Born in London in 1956, he attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School and Oxford University where he studied chemistry under Dr John Danby of Worcester College, Oxford and was elected JCR President. He spent much of his time at the university involved in student theatre, where he was treasurer of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. He produced Twelfth Night for the OUDS which toured to northern France and starred a young Hugh Grant.
On graduation in 1980, he joined the staff of the BBC in London as a general trainee, alongside Kevin Lygo (now head of studios at ITV), Dominic Cameron (former Managing Director of ITV.com) and Peter Salmon (former Controller of BBC1).
On finishing his training in 1982, Kosminsky became a script editor in the… read more
I'd seen this before... however, I was at the time still something of an "unskilled" consumer. "Uneven" (IMHO) is a fair assessment, though I wouldn't say I was indifferent - I found parts of this film to be extremely powerful. Solid performances throughout... in fact, among Michelle Pfeiffer's best - however, Alison Lohman's performance is clearly the standout... as usual, she is an intangible ethereal spark...