VIFF Film Review: White Bird in a Blizzard

 

American actress, Shailene Woodley plays a teenage girl left wondering why her mother abandoned her family. (VIFF)

American actress Shailene Woodley plays a teenage girl left wondering why her mother abandoned her family. (VIFF)

White Bird In A Blizzard is about a daughter looking back to a time when her mother disappeared on her and her father.  The movie reflects on issues like sex, love, affairs, and jealousy.  Starring, Shailene Woodley, as the daughter Kat, Kat leaves curious as to why her mother left her family when she was 17.  Overtime she becomes less curious until one day the truth is revealed and changes her perspective on her mother.

 

It was strange seeing Woodley have nude scenes in this film. I’m used to seeing her play protagonists in young adult book-to-film adaptations like Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars. I will admit I did enjoy her performance in the film. Her emotional scenes were convincing and didn’t leave me cringing like when I watch other actors in Hollywood. She didn’t overdo it and that’s what I like to see. The mystery of the mother’s disappearance left some audience members craving for more information, but once the answer was revealed – it was almost too obvious.  However the ending will still leave you shocked. Viewers in the theatre were in hysterics after the reveal.  It was both predictable, but also shocking. It’s hard to explain without spoiling the film so just see it for yourself.