White Oleander

Astrid tries to make a deal with her mom.. that if she (mom) tells the truth why she killed her boyfriend, then Astrid will lie for her in court. Astrid's mom talks about how when Astrid was very young, she left her for about a year at some woman's house and that Astrid's dad is an artist and he came back asking for Astrid when she was 8 years old. At the trial, Astrid isn't asked to testify and Astrid's mom goes to prison, meaning that she now lets Astrid live her life. Astrid moves to New York with Paul Trout and two years later, in a magazine, she reads an interview about her mom.


Continuity mistake: Throughout the movie Astrid's eyebrows change colour from a light brown to a dark brown.

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Astrid: Looks don't interest me.
Paul: That's easy for you to say, you've never been ugly.

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Trivia: In the book, Astrid felt a lot of guilt about Ingrid's work at the magazine, feeling she was the reason her mother couldn't "be free." After hearing the Annie story, it is obvious who put that idea in her head. (So, we are shown a quick scene of them while Ingrid works.) Astrid also felt guilty when she outgrew her shoes, always waiting until they fell apart, then choosing the cheapest pair she found.Thus, the shot of her at school starting with a look at her blue flip flops and panning up to her face.

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