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Gone in a Blizzard: Two adaptations about missing women

In the last few weeks, I saw two films, Gone Girl and White Bird in a Blizzard, that share similar themes, mainly unhappy marriages, both are literary adaptations, both have noir elements, most notably the missing women are femme fatales, but these films are radically different in subtext and tone.

Spoiler warning: I plan to spoil the hell out of both films, so warning to those who worry about such things.

There has been a bit of an editorial battle waging over director David Fincher's Gone Girl, taking sides on whether the film is feminist. After seeing the film, I can now say that it isn't. The film begins with Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) coming home to find his home in disarray, his cat wandering, and his wife gone. As police investigate Amy Dunne's (Rosamund Pike) disappearance, we hear Anne in voiceover detailing their relationship. They met in NYC where they were both writers before the recession. The next relationship stressor was a move to North Carthage, Missouri to…