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White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

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In 1988, a teenage girl's life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.


Gregg Araki


Gregg Araki (screenplay by), Laura Kasischke (based on the novel by)
4,992 ( 602)
4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Shailene Woodley ... Kat Connors
Eva Green ... Eve Connors
Christopher Meloni ... Brock Connors
Shiloh Fernandez ... Phil
Angela Bassett ... Dr. Thaler
Gabourey Sidibe ... Beth
Ava Acres ... Kat age 8
Thomas Jane ... Detective Scieziesciez
Mark Indelicato ... Mickey
Dale Dickey ... Mrs. Hillman
Sheryl Lee ... May
Michael Patrick McGill ... Aaron
Jill Johnson ... Secretary
Jacob Artist ... Oliver
Brenda Koo ... Cindy


Kat Connors is 17 years old when her seemingly perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears in 1988. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


I was 17 when my mother disappeared...

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content/nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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France | USA



Release Date:

25 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Bird See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,962, 31 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,518, 5 December 2014
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eva Green, who plays Shailene Woodley's mother in the film is, in reality, only 12 years older than Woodley. See more »


On the drive home from the airport, several automobiles are seen that did not exist in 1991. See more »


Detective Scieziesciez: Once there was this... obese man. Some sick fuck had doused him with gasoline and then lit him on fire. And by the time we got to the body, two days later, he was still burning.
Kat Connor: What?
Detective Scieziesciez: Guy had so much body fat he's like a human candle.
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References Eraserhead (1977) See more »


Bring on the Dancing Horses
Written by Pete DeFreitas (as Peter De Freitas),
Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson (as Leslie Pattinson)
and Will Sergeant (as William Sergeant)
Performed by Echo & The Bunnymen
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a great movie that is hurt a little by the amazingness of Gone Girl being released the week before
19 January 2015 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"I was 17 when my mother disappeared. Just as I was becoming nothing but my body, she stepped out of hers and left it behind." Kat (Woodley) is about to graduate high school and has great friends, a loving father and a mother (Green) who is very unstable and bitter. One day her mother goes missing and no one knows what happened. Little by little Kat and her father begin to move on. During Kat's return home during a college break the mystery comes up again but this time Kat wants to know what really happened. This is a great movie and I highly recommend this. There are enough aspects to this that keep you guessing and interested the entire time. The only bad thing I can say about this is that it was released a few weeks too late. Had this come out before I saw Gone Girl I think I would have liked it more. The idea is fairly similar but I though Gone Girl was better. That movie had me guessing the entire time and I was wrong every time. I love movies like that. This one had me guessing too but I was able to stay ahead of it just enough to where I wasn't as surprised like I was with Gone Girl. That said though I do highly recommend this movie and is one to check out for sure. Overall, a great movie that is hurt a little by the amazingness of Gone Girl being released the week before. I give this an A-.

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