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 Machi...
as Police Officer
as Swap Meet Mother
as Swap Meet Daughter
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Critic Reviews for White Oleander
A truly involving, well-written and entertaining film supported by excellent performances...
Distinguishing it from Oxygen channel territory is its surprisingly hard edge.
Lohman appears in nearly every scene and gives an assured, sympathetic performance as Astrid.
The daughter's story is often haunting, but Peter Kosminsky's film . . . comes unglued because the mother is the stock psychotic villainess of countless Hollywood films.
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.
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