White Oleander (2002)
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as Astrid Magnussen
as Ingrid Magnussen
as Starr Thomas
as Claire Richards
as Paul Trout
as Mark Richards
as Bill Greenway
as Miss Martinez
as Davey Thomas
as Ann Greenway
as Reverend Daniels
as Susan Valeris
as Girl in Fight
as Dirt Bike Boyfriend
as Prison Visitor
as Dad at Auction Area
as Guard at X-ray Machine
as Police Officer
as Swap Meet Mother
as Swap Meet Daughter
as Police Officer
as Comic Book Store Clerk
Critic Reviews for White Oleander
A smart, compelling drama.
The film is worth seeing for its honest heart and for the magnificent acting.
Though it flirts with bathos and pathos and the further Oprahfication of the world as we know it, it still cuts all the way down to broken bone.
A movie that wafts in and out of clarity like a wavering transmission.
Much of the pleasure to be had in White Oleander is in watching its female stars revel in their screen time.
Audience Reviews for White Oleander
On a rewatch, not quite as good as I remembered, but still liked it. Interesting story about a poisonous mother and the harm caused to her teenage daughter, even while she's in prison after murdering an ex boyfriend for rejecting her. The movie follows Astrid as she is shunted from foster home to foster home, yet still unable to break away totally from her mother who "would rather see her in the worst type of foster hell" than living with a decent foster mother.
Really good and interesting story with brilliant performances.
Alison Lohman is not, in my opinion, the best choice for a protagonist for this one, but Michelle Pfeiffer's never blinking reptile eyes are just about perfect. The story is rather lackluster, but the acting power can be quite extraordinary when handled correctly.
White Oleander Quotes
|Astrid Magnussen:||Looks don't interest me.|
|Paul Trout:||That's easy for you to say. You've never been ugly.|
|Ingrid Magnussen:||"Loneliness is a human condition."|
|Ingrid Magnussen:||Loneliness is a human condition.|
|Ingrid Magnussen:||Love humiliates you, Hatred cradles you.|