By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:49 AM EDT
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type
  • Movie
genre

Based on the best-selling, Oprah-certified novel by Janet Fitch, this overfertilized hothouse bloom of a production tells the tale of Astrid Magnusson (Alison Lohman) and her magnetically difficult mother, Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer), who is imprisoned for killing a boyfriend. Astrid is abandoned to a Dickensian journey through a harsh land of foster homes, which is awful for the girl — but a pick-me-up for the movie. This is thanks to the sheer theatrical strength of the star actresses, including Robin Wright Penn and Renee Zellweger, who humanize Fitch’s cast of melodramatically unfortunate women.

White Oleander

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 110 minutes
director
  • Peter Kosminsky

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