The thing about a white bird in a blizzard? It disappears. Just like pretty young Kat Connor’s (Shailene Woodley) mom Eve (Eva Green), who simply vanishes one school-day afternoon. But it turns out that Eve had been evanescing for years: a beauty queen rendered gradually invisible by marriage (to mustachioed milquetoast Christopher Meloni), housework, childbirth, age, and finally, by her daughter’s arrival on the sexual playing field. Oh, the small-town/suburban horror of it all. Writer-director Gregg Araki’s latest venture into the teenage wasteland feels deeply concerned with careful framing, ’80s pop culture, Woodley’s frank sexual adventuring (including a trashy tryst with a cop), and Green’s campy freakouts. It feels much less concerned with the hows and whys of people and events — save perhaps for the big twist at the end. (2014) — Matthew Lickona
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