White Oleander

Synopsis: Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Peter Kosminsky
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  3 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

- They can't keep me!

I'll be back in an hour!

You must be Astrid? I'm Miss Martinez

from Children's Services to pick you up.

If you need more time, I can

give you 15 minutes, but that's it.

I'm not going. I'm waiting

for my mother to come home.

Your mother won't be coming home.

At least not for a while.

- Any legal cause why sentence of

judgment should not now be imposed?

Therefore, in accordance

with the laws of California...

...I sentence you to the term

prescribed by law for murder.

Not less than 35 years to life

in a maximum-security prison.

- Hey!

- Hello, Starr. How are you?

Well, I'm fine! How are you?

- Good to see you.

- You too.

Y'all must be starving.

I hope you like olive loaf.

- I made enough to feed an army.

- Astrid?

- How was traffic?

- Bad downtown...

...but it cleared up pretty fast.

- Oh, good.

There you go. Astrid Magnussen,

this is Starr Thomas.

It is so nice to meet you, Astrid.

Come on in! Here, let me help you

with that. Was it a long drive?

- Yeah.

- Yeah?

I hope you didn't bring a ton of stuff.

You'll share a room with my daughter.

This is our home.

This is where we have company.

Then in here is the kitchen

and whatnot.

The boys sleep here.

We don't have enough bedrooms.

That's Davey in the glasses, and Owen.

This is Astrid.

Boys, you say hi?

Carolee? I said, get out here right now.

Let's just go in there.

This is Carolee, my daughter.

Make some room, okay?

This is where you'll sleep.

She'll clean up. Don't worry.

Just don't mind her. She's hormonal.

The problem is she hasn't been saved.

What about you?


Have you accepted Jesus Christ

as your personal savior?

I don't know.

When you do, he'll be waiting. Okay?

This is where Ray and I sleep,

and the bathroom's here.

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Mary Agnes Donoghue

Mary Agnes Donoghue (born 1942/1943) is an American screenwriter and director. Following early jobs as a secretary and short story writer, Donoghue's first writing credit was the 1984 film The Buddy System. She went on to pen the screenplays for Beaches (1988) and Paradise (1991), which was also her directorial debut. Donoghue co-wrote and co-produced Deceived (1991) and two year later, her first play, Me and Mamie O'Rourke, made its debut at the Strand Theatre in London. In the 2000s, Donoghue wrote the screenplay for White Oleander (2002) and co-wrote Veronica Guerin (2003) with Carol Doyle. In 2013, Donoghue wrote and directed Jenny's Wedding. more…

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