Based on the acclaimed novel by Laura Kasischke, White Bird in a Blizzard tells the story of Kat Connors, a young woman whose life is turned upside down by the sudden disappearance of her beautiful, enigmatic mother.
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A decade removed from "Mysterious Skin," it feels as though the unbearably powerful subject matter of that film permanently curtailed Gregg Araki's ambition to take at a stab at anything nearly so profound. With "White Bird," however, Araki may have finally struck a balance between "Skin's" sincere identification with suburban outsiders and the pastel-colored, freewheeling excess of something like "Kaboom."
One of Araki's finest pieces; he continues to dazzle as a surrealist and a humanist. Beautifully captures the subtleties of real people in tatters behind the plasticy, over-saturated veneer of suburban life in a way no film has since "American Beauty." Woodley, Green and Jane are phenomenal, as are the soundtrack and cinematography.
Inane comment alert: Vicious Circus Phil is shown playing Missile Command on an Atari 2600. That's just not believable. The All American Kids were playing NES in the late '80s, not an "old" arcade game released in 1981. Like Ben-Hur's Roman Centurion watch, this is anachronistic.
Fantasia '14 Gregg Araki seems to meet the world of YA fiction with this adaptation of the book by Laura Kasischke with interesting but somewhat middling results. The main problem is one wants more of Eva Green's story and less of everyone else's. Green is superb in a limited role with the heavy lifting left for Shailene Woodley. Araki's films are always visually and musically exciting and this is no exception.
sort of like the film "Stoker" wanted very desperately to be--cruel and incisive, stunning to look at, aggressively sexual, loopy. while somewhat pared down compared to Araki's earlier works it's no less gripping.
Great nostalgic soundtrack, beautiful cinematography, & Eva Green in camping it up. It's too bad the story is an absolute slog to sit through. Shailene Woodley has played this role far too many times, it felt like she did this between other films she might have cared about
although White Bird is pretty much a failure as a period piece (Even NO BUDGET films like "house of the devil" were better at evoking the 1980's than this one -no matter how much This Mortal Coil was played), it still holds up as great melodrama and...then there is Eva Green - "The withering glance of the goddess".