White Bird In A Blizzard – Film Review

White Bird In A Blizzard - Film Review


Shailene Woodley stars in this slow-building indie drama from director Greg Araki

Based on Laura Kasischke’s 1999 novel, White Bird In A Blizzard sees Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars) play Kat, a student whose mother vanishes one late-’80s autumn day. Directed by Gregg Araki, a Japanese-American auteur associated with the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s, the mysterious disappearance and Kat’s struggles with her sexuality unfold without urgency. The tension builds almost imperceptibly, but the conclusion is so out of the blue it’s deflating. Nevertheless, a strong supporting cast, a period soundtrack typical of Araki (The Cure, New Order) and a crystalline score from Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie and Los Angeles avant-garde pianist Harold Budd are all reasons to dive in.

Review by Stuart Huggett