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White Material

Released Nov 19, 2010 1h 45m Drama War List
86% Tomatometer 95 Reviews 64% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings
As the owner of a coffee plantation in Africa, Maria (Isabelle Huppert) wants only to see her business through the harvest, no matter what's happening around it. Instead of fleeing what seems to be a dangerous conflict, she puts her faith in a rebel leader called The Boxer (Isaach de Bankolé). But as civil wars rip through the continent, and the area becomes increasingly dangerous, Maria may be putting both herself and her family in danger by attempting to weather the storm. Read More Read Less

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Isabelle Huppert is an immoveable object surrounded by unstoppable forces in White Material, an incendiary character study and political thriller that showcases director Claire Denis' expertise in ratcheting tension.

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Ty Burr Boston Globe Rated: 3/4 Nov 24, 2011 Full Review David Jenkins Time Out Rated: 4/5 Nov 16, 2011 Full Review William Goss Film.com A maddening movie that gives the viewer plenty to think about, but little to care about. Apr 14, 2011 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) White Material is illuminated by a different flame… what it's missing in sanity it has more left over in raucous sensory excitement. [Full review in Spanish] Aug 9, 2022 Full Review Ryne Clos Spectrum Culture A condemnation of the self-congratulatory 21st-century European worldview that has deluded itself into thinking that racial domination and colonial structures are of the past. Jun 3, 2022 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review The cinema of Claire Denis cuts into the essential core of its subject matter with unflinching reality. Rated: 4/4 Feb 14, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member As obras de Claire Denis sempre representativa e significativa, de uma intensidade e realismo, cru, quase bruto, os dois anteriores com as mesmas características, mas foi aqui, que eu mais me identifiquei, ela entrou num mundo patriarcal, em meio a guerra civil, e o amor de mãe incondicional, fotografia e caracterizações perfeitas, atuações intensas, roteiro escritos nas entrelinhas, forte e cativante… Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Tim G While there's a bit of a "have I seen this before? or maybe it was a book?" familiar element to the plot it still hits hard. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/21 Full Review Serge L I found the film sucks. Looks like too many events are cobbled together without preparation. Characters that know each other for long time seems not to care for each other. It's low budget. The story can't work as is. We arrive in strange country , we don't know anyone or anything and it is crumbling fast. It seems revenge racism is at work but it is only thieves and thugs that are profiting. A bit like under Mobutu. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 06/24/18 Full Review Audience Member A great movie by Claire Denis with an inspired Isabelle Huppert Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Its use of nonlinear narrative helps it's subtle power become more fully realized and enraged. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review marc r Deni's filmmaking can leave a bruise, and this is maybe her most bruising work, a tough portrait of post-colonial fallout. Huppert, as usual, is tremendous. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis As the owner of a coffee plantation in Africa, Maria (Isabelle Huppert) wants only to see her business through the harvest, no matter what's happening around it. Instead of fleeing what seems to be a dangerous conflict, she puts her faith in a rebel leader called The Boxer (Isaach de Bankolé). But as civil wars rip through the continent, and the area becomes increasingly dangerous, Maria may be putting both herself and her family in danger by attempting to weather the storm.
Director
Claire Denis
Producer
Pascal Caucheteux
Screenwriter
Claire Denis, Marie N'Diaye
Distributor
IFC Films
Production Co
Why Not Productions
Genre
Drama, War
Original Language
French (France)
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 19, 2010, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 10, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$302.8K
Runtime
1h 45m
Sound Mix
Dolby Digital
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