White Oleander

Plot – When Astrid is 15-years-old,she witnesses the arrest of her mother Ingrid,who killed her unfaithful lover in a fit of rage. From this moment onward,the girl lives in foster families. Starr,the first foster mother,is a devout ex-stripper and ex-alcoholic who convinces Astrid to baptize herself. After this experience with a tragic ending,Astrid meets her foster mother Claire,a kind and sensitive woman who loves the girl. However,Astrid needs to leave her past behind and to learn how to forgive in order to be completely independent.

Movie Info

Title White Oleander

Year 2002

Director Peter Kosminsky


Top 8 Quotes of “White Oleander” Movie

“How do I show that nothing, not a taste, not a smell, not even the color of the sky, has ever been as clear and sharp as it was when I belonged to her. I don’t know how to express the being with someone so dangerous is the last time I felt safe.” Alison Lohman – Astrid Magnussen

“No matter how much she damaged me, no matter how flawed she is. I know my mother loves me.”

Alison Lohman – Astrid Magnussen

“Everybody asks why I started at the end and worked back to the beginning, the reason is simple, I couldn’t understand the beginning until I had reached the end.”

Alison Lohman – Astrid Magnussen

“Never let a man spend the night, she said. Never apologize, never explain.”

Alison Lohman – Astrid Magnussen

“Don’t attach yourself to anyone who shows you the least bit of attention because you’re lonely. Loneliness is the human condition. No one is ever going to fill that space. The best you can do is know yourself, know what you want.”

Michelle Pfeiffer – Ingrid Magnussen

“Love humiliates you. Hatred cradles you.”

Michelle Pfeiffer – Ingrid Magnussen

“- Astrid Magnussen: Looks don’t interest me.
– Paul Trout: That’s easy for you to say, you’ve never been ugly.”

Alison Lohman – Astrid Magnussen
Patrick Fugit – Paul Trout

“Take my advice and stay away from broken people.”

Renee Zellweger – Claire Richards