September 27, 2021

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White Bird In A Blizzard (2015)

An unforgettable suburban query lies at the centre of this dreamy, sexually charged teen drama from indie filmmaker Gregg Araki. Opening in the late eighties, it tells the story of Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley), an attractive, hormonal teenager who is gradually coming to terms with her burgeoning sexuality. One day, Kat’s life is suddenly changed forever, as she returns home to discover that her mother (played by the reliably watchable Eva Green) has disappeared without a trace.

From here, the story has a conclusion that (without spoilers) is both obvious and surprising at the same time. The old-style soundtrack is cool and the main performances are solid, with Woodley proving typically impressive in the lead role. The film could be described as uneven, but for the most part it’s fairly effective as a portrait of adolescence and sexual awakenings.