White Bird in a Blizzard
Time Out says
Indie survivor Gregg Araki (The Doom Generation, Mysterious Skin) has never made a boring movie, even if his brand of too-fast-too-soon sexual awakening has become something of a crutch. Viewers who came of age in 1988 will thrill to the sheen of Araki’s latest, a pitch-perfect evocation of Gen X unease (featuring activities like making out to Depeche Mode songs). And younger audiences will see The Fault in Our Stars’ Shailene Woodley once again excelling in an emotionally tricky role: Kat, a 17-year-old blooming into her wild years while reckoning with an increasingly unhinged mother, Eve (Eva Green, crazy-eyed and just this side of Faye Dunaway).
There are problems here, mainly stemming from Araki’s nostalgic lushness being an awkward match for Laura Kasischke’s 1999 source material, a missing-person story. But anyone who’s ever longed to fill holes in a dysfunctional household might feel a resonance here; romps in Kat’s poster-adorned bedroom come with the ache of a world tipping sideways.
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