White Oleander

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.

White Oleander

Title: White Oleander

Release Date: 2002

Genres: Drama

    Directors: Peter Kosminsky


  • Aquino, Amy as Miss Martinez
  • Billingsley, John as Paramedic
  • Bocanegra, Elisa as Girl In Fight
  • Bohorquez, Darlene as Prisoner
  • Burke Jr., Solomon as Guard
  • Campbell, Scott Allan as Bill Greenway
  • Catlin, Sam as Teacher
  • Christofferson, Debra as Marlena
  • Connolly, Billy as Barry Kolker
  • Donato, Marc as Davey Thomas
  • Efremova, Svetlana as Rena Gruschenka
  • Fugit, Patrick as Paul Trout
  • Haas, Vernon as Guard
  • Happy, Sean as Dirt Bike Boyfriend
  • Hauser, Cole as Ray

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