White Oleander (2002)

white oleander“Don’t look at me like that. You’re no different than I am… you just don’t know it yet. ” – Carolee

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 May 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A teenage girl’s experiences as a foster child after her mother is imprisoned for murder

My Take on it –  I hadn’t heard of this movie and was inspired to watch it when T9M from Cinema Parrot Disco decided last week to post her favorite Michelle Pfieffer movies and this was her #2. (Thanks T9M for the recommendation!)

What’s interesting about this movie is that Pfieffer who is widely known as a lead actress takes a back seat here and really is just a supporting actress (one that has much influence on the story) and doesn’t appear in the majority of the scenes.  Regardless, she is amazing in her portrayal as a mother imprisoned for murder.

The best actress in this movie tho is Alison Lohman who takes the part of a teenager who’s life is constantly uprooted when she must move from foster home to foster home.

Great supporting roles by Noah Wyle, Renee Zellweger, Robin Wright Penn, Patrick Fugit and Cole Hauser.

As much as I enjoyed this movie, knowing that it is based on a novel makes me actually want to seek it out and read it because I’m sure the book is much better. (Like they usually are).

The themes that are explored in this movie are very powerful and in many ways quite dark, so it isn’t a happy-go-lucky film, but is is an interesting portrait of how unsettling life can be for a confused child without a stable home life and what that can do to a mother-daughter relationship.

Bottom Line – Great performances by Lohman and Pfeiffer.  Powerful and dark  movie, Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy


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9 thoughts on “White Oleander (2002)

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  2. Glad you liked this one! It’s not normally my type of ‘thing’ AT ALL. I just really enjoyed the book & Alison Lohman is GREAT in this. Never understood why she’s not a bigger star now. I liked the mother/daughter relationship. I don’t know – this one just really worked for me. Nice review. : )


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