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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.



(screenplay by), (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview:
... Kat Connors
... Eve Connors
... Brock Connors
... Phil
... Dr. Thaler
... Beth
... Kat age 8
... Detective Scieziesciez
... Mickey
... Mrs. Hillman
... May
... Aaron
... Secretary
... Oliver
... 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

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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 »

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Release Date:

25 September 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

White Bird  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,962, 31 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,518, 5 December 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gregg Araki is a fan of Sheryl Lee's performance in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), which he called "one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema". See more »


When Kat visits Theo's apartment the first time, Kat's beer bottle jumps between being on the table and being in her hands. See more »


Kat Connor: Because I never saw my mother again, she remains in absence to me. An empty space. An invisible, half remembered ghost. So even now I catch myself thinking that I'm gonna run into her some day. Like I'll be at a stop light, and look over at the car next to me and there she'll be, scowling at me with disapproval. Or I'll spot her across some crowded street, or train station, and we'll run toward each other like one of those cheesy TV movies. She'll hug me like a long, lost lover, then take my ...
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References Eraserhead (1977) See more »


Living in Another World
Written by Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene (as Tim Friese-Green)
Performed by Talk Talk
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2min out of 91
16 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Nice-to-watch-on-a-Sunday-afternoon-if you-don't-have-anything- better-to-do." kind of movie. I liked the photography, the soundtrack, and scenography, though. Not so much the plot which is a poor vehicle for what the central idea of the movie is or tries to be. The acting wasn't exactly Oscar material either, specially the girl playing Cat. I couldn't hate her and I couldn't feel any sympathy for her either. She was just annoying and that detracts a lot from the message that the film as a whole seeks to deliver. They could have cast a different actress who was able to add more depth to the character and not make it appear so trivial, Shailene Woodley just confused indifference with shallowness, two different concepts. The plot reveals itself early, no need to be particularly observant to imagine what could have happened and there are many obvious reasons for that, however the motive that set in motion the events resulted a bit less predictable and those turned out to be the only 2min out of 91min of film that I found somewhat interesting.

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