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White Oleander Review

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★★★★★

A scan of the cast list - Michelle Pfeiffer, Renee Zellweger, Alison Lohman - begs the question: why have few people heard of this film? Well, while the performances are exceptional, this tale of a jailed, free-spirited but controlling mom (Pfeiffer) and her relationship with teenage daughter Ingrid (Lohman) feels rather thin.

Director Peter Kosminsky creates the right tone of nostalgia, and Lohman is a gifted actress. However, the slightness of the story arc lends a teen-pic feel to the enterprise.

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