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White Orchid (2018)

TV-MA | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 19 July 2019 (USA)
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A shy investigator assumes the identity of a small town murder victim in order to solve her gruesome death.


Steve Anderson


Steve Anderson





Credited cast:
Rachael Taylor ... Jessica
Jennifer Beals ... Vivian
Olivia Thirlby ... Claire
John Carroll Lynch ... Sheriff Mann
Janina Gavankar ... Tina
Brendan Sexton III ... James
Nichelle Nichols ... Teresa
Raymond J. Barry ... Caretaker
Jana Winternitz ... Vivian's Assistant
Michael Rodrick ... Dr. Hardin
Jeff Marchelletta ... Tony
Kim Kendall ... Sylvia Hardin
Kelsey Siepser ... Bianca
Cris D'Annunzio ... Det. Novak
Hayley Derryberry ... Annie


Shy and reserved, Claire Decker, 30ish, is a part-time investigator for Social Services. Typically, she solves cases where senior citizens have died alone, leaving no indication of who must handle their estate. This time however, Claire is reluctantly drawn into a puzzling murder case. The local police have been unable to solve the horrific crime, or even decipher the victim's true identity. A beautiful and enigmatic young blond, known only as "The White Orchid," has been brutally murdered. As Claire is drawn deeper and more intimately into the dead woman's life, she finds herself taking dangerous chances and pushing personal and professional boundaries. As she gets closer to the truth, Claire must effectively become the charismatic "White Orchid" in order to solve the mysterious crime. Written by AnonymousB

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19 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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Morro Bay, California, USA

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Both Olivia Thirlby & Rachel Taylor starred in another movie . . . The Darkest Hour. See more »

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Stylish, insubstantial, disappointing
29 March 2019 | by bud-moransSee all my reviews

As premises go, it's thin: Claire is a freelance investigator for the San Luis Obispo Country Department of Social Services who finds relatives and family members of those who die alone with no known heirs. (Aside: if the count government had such investigators, they'd be working for the probate court, but never mind). Claire is assigned the case of an unidentified murder victim known only as the White Orchid who was killed in a particularly grisly way. She is only supposed to identify the victim and leave the actual murder investigation to the police. Since Claire is a brunette who immediately presents as plain, timid, and inhibited, of course she dives into not only the murder investigation, but the identity of the victim, who was a stylish and (bi)sexually uninhibited blonde bombshell. Just because a movie's premise is thin and implausible doesn't mean the movie can't be good or even great: Hitchcock's Vertigo, which this movie alludes to several times with all the subtlety of a jackhammer tearing up concrete, seems similarly silly on paper, but delivers a great experience to its viewers in its visual style, great performances and direction, and a memorable soundtrack. White Orchid only has visual style going for it. Direction and soundtrack are undistinguished, while the performances are pretty bad, which isn't so much an annoyance as it is a puzzler, since many of these actors are capable of good or even outstanding work (an exception is Nichelle Nichols, who turns in a tiny gem of a performance as a shut-in retiree). It doesn't take long before the viewer realizes what this movie wants to be, and how far short of its goal it fell. You may stay with it for the (unfortunately predictable) plot twists, or you may turn it off before that. I stayed with it despite realizing I would be disappointed.

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