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White Oleander

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Peter Kosminsky
  • 104 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Drama starring Alison Lohman, Robin Wright Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer and Renée Zellweger. A teenage girl is fostered by three very different women after her free-spirited mother is jailed for murder.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

It would have been easy to rework Janet Fitch's bestseller - a teenager is fostered out after her artist mother is jailed for murdering her lover - as a stellar TV movie, particularly as director Peter Kosminsky has some pedigree on the small screen with such offerings as The Government Inspector and Wolf Hall. But he rejects the melodrama-by-numbers option and uses attention-grabbing imagery to convey much of the confusion Alison Lohman feels after Michelle Pfeiffer's arrest. Moreover, his assured grasp of structure and pacing, and some accomplished acting, ensure that we only gradually come to appreciate the shifting nature of their relationship, as Lohman learns to think for herself while living with Robin Wright Penn's trailer-park Christian, Renée Zellweger's touchingly tragic actress and Svetlana Efremova's wily hustler.

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Credits

Cast

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Astrid MagnussenAlison Lohman
Starr ThomasRobin Wright
Ingrid MagnussenMichelle Pfeiffer
Claire RichardsRenée Zellweger
Barry KolkerBilly Connolly
Rena GrushenkaSvetlana Efremova
Paul TroutPatrick Fugit
RayCole Hauser
Mark RichardsNoah Wyle
Miss MartinezAmy Aquino

Crew

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DirectorPeter Kosminsky

Details

Theatrical distributor
Redbus
Released on
2003-09-19
Languages
English | Russian
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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