White Oleander (Widescreen)
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After fifteen-year-old Astrid (Alison Lohman) witnesses her uncompromising but seductive mother, Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer), arrested for murder--both their lives change forever. Shuttled between foster mothers (Robin Wright Penn and Renée Zellweger), Astrid struggles to survive her emotionally harsh world, desperately trying to forge her own identity in an ever-changing environment. The only constant in Astrid's life is her jailed mother's powerful influence. For good, and for bad... In the three years marking her passage from childhood to adult, Astrid must learn the value of independence and courage, rage and forgiveness, love and survival ... to earn her freedom from the past.]]>
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Screenplay is brilliant, story line is very closely kept with the book, which is always a must contrary to popular beliefs. Directing is excellent, casting even better. Watching these actors playing these characters almost made me forget that I was watching the movie and not the real life. Watching Astrid shad her innocence and step into womanhood through hardship and deception was as magnificent to watch as it was painful. And should I even speak of Michelle Pfeifer? She has an Oscar written all over her for that performance. Her glares alone deserve a recognition. Lets not forget excellent performances by Renee Zelwegger and Robin Wright Penn.
For all those (man) who think this is a chick flick (much like I thought before I watched it) it is not. This is a story of love, deception, transformation and letting go. A story about how all of us have to find our own path in life regardless of obstacles.
All filmmakers should take notes, because this is how you tell a story. Bravo
Michelle Pfeiffer, in the lead role, plays Ingrid Magnusson, a single parent and artist who is raising her adolescent daughter Astrid played by Alison Lohman. Ingrid is an incredibly selfish woman with a Bohemian lifestyle who treats Astrid more like a friend than her child. While Ingrid�s life is dictated by her passions and whims, Astrid is merely a bystander to the lifestyle Ingrid dictates for them. When she is angered by the rejection of her current lover and while Astrid sits in their car, Ingrid poisons her lover with the inner juice of a white oleander plant ultimately killing this man. When Ingrid is arrested by the police, Astrid is removed from their home by social services and becomes a ward of the state. Now the focus of the movie shifts from Astrid as Ingrid�s daughter and work in progress to Astrid, a child who will become much too familiar with the foster care system in Southern California.Read more ›
Michelle Pfeifer is amazing as the self absorbed, possibly borderline possibly sociopathic mother who tries to manipulate her daughter remotely, from jail. Alison Lohman plays the teenage daughter. She does a great job and shows terrific promise as a versatile actor. With her next film, Matchstick men, directed by Ridley Scott, she's off to a great start, with a good half dozen films already under her belt.
This is a great movie, but don't expect to walk out feeling uplifted. Try feeling like you've been hit in the stomach. Still, it is worth seeing, really worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
there is something to be said for a movie with an all female cast that shines a light on the sinister aspect of woman. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
What a great movie reminds me of when I was that age a lot of similarities. Great tune at the end.Published 1 month ago by Tim Higgins
Great movie! I've never seen Michelle Pfeiffer so evil! Alison Lohman is an AMAZING actress,,,,surprised she hasn't done more work.Published 1 month ago by NorCalGal
I love this movie! (loved the book, too). Complex, interesting characters and compelling, heartbreaking story.Published 2 months ago by Erin
Excellent casting and production. Those who have read the book may be disappointed in that a few things are left out (Olivia/Marvel/the dog fight) and the ending is different. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patriot
I like everything but i would of have enjoyed seeing how the mother killed her bf. And a different ending would of made it better.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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