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White Bird in a Blizzard

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France, United States · 2014
Rated R · 1h 31m
Director Gregg Araki
Starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez
Genre Drama, Thriller

Kat Connors is 17 years old when her mother, Eve, disappears. Though at first she barely registers her mother’s absence, as time passes, Kat realizes how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on break from college, she is confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it.

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White Bird in a Blizzard is worth seeing for Eva Green’s performance alone, and to experience the dreamlike quality of Gregg Araki’s individual, highly unique vision of cinema.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

Gregg Araki's film suggests a hothouse melodrama that's been drained of the hothouse, the melodrama, and any other discernably dramatic stakes.


Village Voice by Danny King

If the results are occasionally broad and schematic, the actors (Woodley especially) are anything but, and Araki has an absolute field day adorning his kitschy, 1950s-ish view of suburban Los Angeles with a string of showoffy colors.


The Guardian by Henry Barnes

Nothing really adds up to much, past a solid performance from Woodley and the energetic - if out-of-place - turn from Green.

60 by Jordan Hoffman

There’s just too much good stuff to dismiss White Bird in a Blizzard out of hand, even if it does have a somewhat dull and desultory plot.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Younger audiences will see "The Fault in Our Stars’" Shailene Woodley once again excelling in an emotionally tricky role: Kat, a 17-year-old blooming into her wild years while reckoning with an increasingly unhinged mother, Eve (Eva Green, crazy-eyed and just this side of Faye Dunaway).


The Dissolve by Noel Murray

Because the tone is so erratic, it’s hard to know whether its anticlimactic quality is a botch on Araki’s part, or a purposeful bit of genre subversion.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service by Roger Moore

Whatever its intent, White Bird in a Blizzard misuses most everybody involved, especially the dazzling young star of “The Descendants,””The Fault in Our Stars” and “Divergent.”

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