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White Bird in a Blizzard with Shailene Woodley and Eva Green

“It’s 1988. On the surface, Kat’s home life seems perfect. A normal, college-bound teenager, she listens to Depeche Mode, hangs out with her tragically hip pals, and is critical of her parents. She’s also having her first romance with, literally, the boy next door and is starting to feel comfortable in her own skin—all under the watchful eye of her glamorous, but disturbed, homemaker mother. When her mother mysteriously vanishes, Kat and her father suppress their emotions and try to resume their lives. Years later, Kat’s subconscious is consumed by images of her mother, whose peculiar disappearance she can’t fully comprehend.”

“…Based on the acclaimed novel by Laura Kasischke, White Bird in a Blizzard tells the story of a girl coming of age under unusual and traumatic circumstances. Shailene Woodley, as Kat, commands the screen with the allure of a young woman embracing her sexuality and beginning to understand the power that accompanies it. Veteran filmmaker Gregg Araki uses a carefully curated soundtrack to build a tantalizing dream world and contrasts it with the stark reality of the characters who inhabit it, indicating all is not right beneath this placid façade of American suburbia.” — Sundance Film Festival synopsis by K.Y.

Opens September 25.

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9 Comments on this Post

  1. Christophe

    So Eva Green is playing Shailene Woodley’s mother? For real? Are we supposed to believe she had her daughter at age 5 or what? Reminds me of Angela Lansbury playing Elvis Presley’s mother in Blue Hawaii: same age difference (approx. 10 years) but Angela Lansbury has always looked old, even when she was young, whereas Eva Green will always look young, even when she’s older. I’m sure within a couple years Shailene can play Eva’s mother and that would look much more believable than this ridiculous premise,

  2. Al Robinson

    I looked it up, Eva Green was born in 1980 and Shailene Woodley was born in 1991. So, it’s an 11 year age difference, but still…

    I agree with you Christophe that they look too close in age with each other.

  3. Profile photo of Ryan Adams

    So Eva Green is playing Shailene Woodley’s mother? For real?

    spoiler alert:

    Eva: She’s my daughter…

    [slap]

    Eva: She’s my sister…

    [slap]

    Eva: My sister, my daughter.

    [More slaps]

    Christophe: I said I want the truth!

    Eva: She’s my sister AND my daughter!

  4. steve50

    Since when does Gregg Araki toe the line with convention? You guys are lucky he didn’t have Ellen Burstyn playing the daughter. Just go with it…or not.

  5. Christophe

    Well, now that I’ve read about the book it’s based on, I understand why they had to cast two actresses looking abt the same age… not only are they supposed to have a close relationship like bffs but apparently there are going to be surprising and saucy revelations. I won’t be watching it though, so you’ll have to tell me what’s what, but I feel pretty confident Shailene is in fact Eva’s mom, that would be a perfect shocker ending.

  6. glimmer

    i hope gregg goes into his dream pop/noise pop collection for the soundtrack. and of course keeps his rule about there not being music unless there’s a sound source near by. or maybe he doesn’t do that any more. anyway, guess i’ll catch the trailer later. but i’m more sold on something because of reviews/or the vibe i get from something based on what kids may say on a.d. or whatever site.

    don’t know how much faith i’ll have in this. but i’ll keep an eye on it a bit.

    and is it a safe bet to say eva keeps her nudity streak going ??? there, i had to say it… ;)

    come on gregg, get back to messing things up a bit.

    steve50, ellen playing the daughter would be pretty cool. :)

  7. The Great Dane

    Even though it didn’t exactly get rave reviews, I’m really looking forward to this – even though I’m getting a bit tired of Eva Green’s “I’m so dark and vicious” schtick in every one of her movies.
    At least this time she probably won’t be plotting to kill someone – which she has been doing in most of her films.

    I was shocked to find out how many films she has actually done. With this and her other 3 movies out this year, she has only made 14 films??? Thought she’d be well into the twenties by now.

    Anyway, I’m intrigued. The age doesn’t bother me here. I actually think it’s brave of her to take on a “mother to a teenager” role, cause it could easily ruin her “she is still young” casting options in the future.

    Speaking of age, I just saw “Godzilla” today. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen were both between 22 and 24 when they shot the film. And they have a 7 year old kid in the film. I guess age doesn’t really matter in the world (Taylor-Johnson would know with his wife being more than double his age when they got together – and with his two children and his wife’s two children from previous relationships, he’s been a father of four since he was 22).

  8. Bryce Forestieri

    Araki? My God.

  9. Brilliant Ryan. Laughed my head off.

    As for this movie, I can’t decide if it looks great or not. The trailer is heavy though, and will be looking out for this.

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