White Bird in a Blizzard (Review)

Based on the eponymous novel by Laura Kasischke and brough to the big screen by Gregg Araki, “White Bird in a Blizzard”  tells the story of a teenage girl, whose life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears in 1988. The film stars , Shiloh Fernandez,


The Plot: Kat Connor (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, Kat barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. 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.

Review: Eva Green’s performance is unbelievable. She’s intense, beautiful and creepy at the same time. Her face, her voice and attitude transpires so much, how come this woman does not have an Oscar? Or is not a goddess in a Marvel movie? 

Shailene Woodley’s perfomance is fearless and organic. She portrayed Kat so naturally, the movie sometime felt like a documentary. Meloni was the perfect choice for this film and Shiloh completely sold me on his loser boyfriend role.
The dialogues were raw and genuine, it was the right amount of crude with a lot smart subtext and hidden meaning.The awkward silences were and the 90s expressions were fun and on point. It was all realistic talk.

I like how everything we saw and perceived about the Connors, Kat’s home-life, was how Kat (Woodley) perceived them. Green and Meloni’s performances matched perfectly the picture Kat depicted of her parents. I thought it allowed the viewer to get into Kat’s head and bond with her and also added a layer of self-centeredness to the character. Things only changed when her point of view changed and it became clear that how she saw things was not how everybody perceived them. It was smart to put it together like that on Araki’s side, which is precisely why it was such a great ending that got everyone gasping in shock. I personally did not see it coming and I liked it.

What did you think about the movie?

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