Monday, June 15, 2015
"White Bird in a Blizzard": a teenager's mom disappears, and then her life encounters horrific twists
“White Bird in a Blizzard” (2014), directed by Gregg Araki (“Mysterious Skin”, 2004), based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, sounds like an intriguing concept. A teenager’s mother disappears. Why?
Any disappearance of an important person could generate a compelling mystery. The “lady vanishes” (Eva Green) simply enough in 1988. Here, the protagonist Kat (Shailene Woodley) has a boyfriend Phil (Shiloh Fernandez) and seems to have a promising life in the early 90s despite her colorless father Brok (Christopher Meloni).
The story is told back and forth, with flashbacks (and fantasies of mom in a snowy heaven), which is fair enough, given the viewpoint strictly from the heroine.
But dark clouds come into play. Brock eventually maintains that Eve was spelling with Phil (who is quite handsome and “smooth”). That sounds like a subplot in “Days of our Lives” where JJ sleeps with his grilfriend’s mother out of anger.
But at the end, we are in for a real shock, which does not help the cause of gay equality.
The official site is here.
I watched the film on Netflix instant play,