A little while ago I reviewed the film "Mysterious Skin" by indie auteur Gregg Araki that stared a young Joseph Gordon Levitt in his latest film "White Bird in a Blizzard" another hot young actor in Shailene Woodley of "Divergent" fame takes center stage. Araki's films are character driven dramas that push the boundaries of mainstream
Hollywood. This film also stars a number of great actors
in Eva Green, Christopher Meloni and Angela Bassett. It currently can be found
on Netflix Streaming.
This film is all about Woodley's character of Kat Connors a 17 year old girl whose mother, Eve (Green), ran out on her when she was young leaving her to deal with her uptight milquetoast father Brock (Meloni). The first line of the film is from Kat saying "Mom are you Okay" which is absolutely perfect, it says so much about the upcoming narrative in a mere four words. Although Kat had a rather stormy relationship with her mother, she still loves and misses her. As mentioned before Brock is an emotional blank slate working a menial job, completely unavailable for anyone. Even when she was around her parents were constantly at odds with each other. Eve looked to be trapped as an unloved under appreciated housewife dying a slow suburban death. When she disappears Kat drifts further away from her family and intensifies her relationship with the only person that pays any attention to her, the neighbor boy Phil (Shiloh Fernandez). It was actually quite surprising to see multiple nude scenes from Woodley who has built her career on big budget family friendly movies. Its great to see her taking risks and putting her self out there, something that most actors her age would normally turn down. Although that being said it is a Gregg Araki film so pretty much anything goes.
Kat graduates from High School and goes to
Berkley where she meets new people but is
still in a sort of mental funk.
"The future bores me" she says at one time. Upon coming home for spring break her dad has
landed a new girlfriend, that she could care less about. Kat and her friends start to wonder what
really happen to her mom and some pretty wild theories pop up, but exactly how
wild are they? Could Brock have killed
his wife? The film then turns into a
kind of strange Nancy Drew novel as Kat begins to suspect that her father know
more that he is telling her. He starts
to show a more angry dark side, but he's already kind of strange to begin
with. The ending unleashes a twist that
is perfect for an Araki movie. It's shocking
and a bit funny at the same time.
Hopefully Kat can move on from her tragically damaged family life and
create a peaceful existence of her own.
Hopefully she won't disappear in that blizzard.