Directed by Gregg Araki, best known for Mysterious Skin, White Bird in a Blizzard stars the excellent Shailene Woodly and the ever-luminous Eva Green in an adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel of the same name.
Woodley plays Katrina Connors, a 17 year old girl, who, when on the brink of burgeoning adulthood, experiences the loss of her mother Eve (Green). Eve, struggling with the impending loss of her youth starkly brought into contrast by her own daughter’s increasing effervescence, disappears one night without a trace. Araki’s narrative interweaves Katrina’s current life with the past as she struggles to make sense of her mother’s disappearance.
Whilst Woodley is a fine actress, and will no doubt once again demonstrate her ability to command the screen, there is something about her manner that I still can’t quite warm to. Perhaps it’s her involvement in the entirely saccharine and wholly manipulative The Fault in Our Stars that prevents me from truly engaging with her roles. For me, White Bird in a Blizzard‘s biggest draw is the always sublime Eva Green who demonstrates an often unique ability to be both mesmerising and utterly inscrutable: Green’s appearance alone is enough to pique my interest.