White Oleander details
|Starring:||Michelle Pfeiffer, Billy Connolly, Renee Zellweger, Alison Lohman, Robin Wright Penn|
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Feb 2004|
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Late blooming filmBy Nigel Burris from Basildon, Essex , 20 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]White Oleander is a clunky title for a fairly smooth ride of a film, one which takes the viewer on a journey through the teenage years of Astrid, as she copes with her mother's incarceration for murder, a variety of foster homes and care centres, and finding herself in amongst all the chaos of other people's lives.
This is a surprisingly light movie given its somewhat serious themes and framework. Murder, suicide, abandonment, mental abuse - all are handled in such a way as to never fully engage the viewer's sympathy for Astrid and what she has to go through. The film needs to be a bit more gritty.
That said, there are lots of things to enjoy here, not least the performances. Alison Lohman as Astrid is amazing (she's even better in Matchstick Men), and holds her own in scenes with the likes of Robin Wright Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer in particular, is incredibly effective as Astrid's domineering mother. Even the smaller roles are well cast, and Peter Kosminsky's direction is admirable. The script is a little cliched in places, and a couple of scenes don't ring true, but only a couple.
If anything, White Oleander is a woman's movie told from the point of view of a child as she grows up. It has the requisite number of setbacks, and set-to's, and unfolds at a steady, methodical pace which helps the material enormously. The measured editing style also helps add nuance to things. If it doesn't succeed entirely, it is because the material, when all's said and done, requires more depth of feeling than it has been given. Still worth watching, though, so give it a try.
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excellentBy sandy b from Morecambe, Lancs. 2006 , 17 Aug 2006Alison Lohman as been brilliant in everything i've seen her in and she holds her own against Robin Wright Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer. Look forward to her next outing .
DeviousBy Sue from Lincs , 06 Jul 2006and scary. Pfeiffer played her role with depth. A good watch.
Excellent!By a customer from Poole, Dorset , 26 Jun 2006I really enjoyed this - it kept me hooked from start to finish. Alison Lohman was excellent as were the other actresses, Michelle Pfeiffer, Reese Witherspoon & Robin Wright in particular.
White Oleander (2002)By Tony Wiseman from Essex, UK , 30 Apr 2006The only thing i can knock about this movie is the appearance of brian connolly... they could ave easily ave got in an extra for that soddin role he done *dark grin*...
... anyhow... the roles played by Alison Lohman & Michelle Pfeiffer are very demandin and they play the roles xcellently... MP, manages to play such a lethal bitch that its fantastic...
the story itself is very tragic stuff...
alas i can safely say this gets a VERY GOOD rating in my books...
touching storyBy a customer from falmouth, england , 28 Apr 2006this is a powerful story of a girl going through foster homes while trying to figure out the true nature of her mother. it is a good film but has strayed from the book to fit into a 1.5-2hr timeslot, which has lead to major differences in the plot. but if watching this film spurs you to read the full version then it is definitly worth watching.