White Bird in a Blizzard (Review)


Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic and haunted woman, disappears – just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from College, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it.

While some criticize the film for being rather uneven, I found director Gregg Araki’s unusual take on this genre of film to be a wonderful piece of fimmaking. Eva Green gives one of the creepiest performances as Kat’s mother and although this film won’t make any huge waves commercially, this has slow-burn cult-classic written all over it. Come back in 10 years and tell me i’m wrong.