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

Let's go back in here.

Ray's home late tonight. It's poker night.

Don't talk to him about Jesus.

He acts like he's the repo man or

something, not a carpenter like him.

You must be the new addition.

I'm Ray.

Or Uncle Ray, but that's Starr's idea.

Not mine.

I'm Astrid.

It's nice to meet you, Astrid.

You coming in?

Well, how come?

I'm thinking.

Oh, what about?

My mother.

Starr was telling me about her. She's

doing time for killing her boyfriend, right?

Yeah, well, those things happen.

You come in when you're ready, okay?

That slut said I was grounded, like

she's the mother in The Brady Bunch.

Listen to that.

Saved by Jesus.

She's such a hypocrite.

They shouldn't be doing it.

They're not even married.

Reverend Daniels always blah-blahing

about Jesus.

All he really wants to do

is look at her ass.

Don't forget to leave the window open.

Don't look at me like that.

You're no different than I am.

You just don't know it yet.

I'm gonna kill you, Ingrid!

I'm gonna strangle you, bitch!

You bloody bitch!

Sin is a virus.

That's what Reverend Thomas says.

It's infecting the whole country

like the clap.

We've got every excuse.

What's wrong if I shovel coke up my nose

or want to feel good? Who does it hurt?

Well, it hurts us.

And it hurts Jesus. Because it's wrong.

I don't know how you swallow that.

"He who believeth in me, though he was

dead, yet will he live." Don't forget it.

Here we are.

It's a miracle I'm not dead. They took

my kids away. I was an alcoholic...

...a cokehead. I was dancing topless.

- People are staring.

Oh, Astrid, look!

Look at that. That is gonna go

perfect with your new shoes.

I mean, I thought:

"Who cares if I hang my tits in a

stranger's face? It's nobody's business."

You know what?

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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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