- 1h 50m
After fifteen-year-old Astrid (Alison Lohman) witnesses her uncompromising but seductive mother, Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer), arrested for murder--both their lives change forever. Shuttled between foster mothers (Robin Wright Penn and Renée Zellweger), Astrid struggles to survive her emotionally harsh world, desperately trying to forge her own identity in an ever-changing environment. The only constant in Astrid's life is her jailed mother's powerful influence. For good, and for bad... In the three years marking her passage from childhood to adult, Astrid must learn the value of independence and courage, rage and forgiveness, love and survival ... to earn her freedom from the past.
© 2002 Warner Bros. - U.S., Canada, Bahamas & Bermuda © 2002 Gaylord Films LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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Critics Consensus: Strong performances by the lead actresses make White Oleander a compelling female melodrama.
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Common Sense Says
Upsetting and dark, for older than PG-13.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie includes brutality of a modern-era Dickensian quality. Astrid is seduced by one foster parent and shot by another. A third commits suicide. Astrid is subjected to physical and emotional abuse. Ingrid murders her lover. There are non-explicit sexual situations and references. Characters drink, smoke, and use drugs. Characters use strong language and mock religious faith.
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- Release Date:October 11, 2002
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes