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White Material

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Claire Denis

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About the Movie

From Claire Denis, the incomparable director of BEAU TRAVAIL, L'INTRUS and 35 SHOTS OF RHUM, comes WHITE MATERIAL: a rich and thrilling account of a woman driven to the edge. An official selection of the Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, the film is a riveting exploration of the complexities of racial conflict and the limits of human will. The legendary Isabelle Huppert (LA CEREMONIE, THE PIANO TEACHER, 8 WOMEN), is Maria Vial, a fearless French woman attempting to run her family's coffee plantation in an unnamed African country. Torn violently apart by hate-fueled civil conflict, this unforgiving setting soon turns against the foreign family, declaring them outlaws in their new home. In a brash effort to save her family and livelihood, Maria risks everything, fighting with every shred of her will to buck the rebel forces wrestling for control of local power.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 84
  • Fresh: 73
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A striking film filled with images that sometimes reveal their full meaning only when their beauty curdles in the chain of signification. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Nov 18, 2010

Fresh: An intense, mysterious drama exploring revolution and loss. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 18, 2010

Fresh: Simultaneously poetic, dramatic and realistic, "White Material" is an altogether stunning work. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Dec 2, 2010

Fresh: It's a disorientingly beautiful movie at times, which promises -- as Denis always does, I think -- that human madness and human love will balance each other out, in the fullness of time. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Nov 19, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A powerfully intense tragedy

An onslaught of visceral scenes throughout the film carry this production to its somewhat incomprehensible finish, however this is a telling story of a woman's plight to hold onto what is dear to her. Certainly worth watching as it offers a glimpse into much of the history that has ravaged Africa as far as conflict, coup d' etat's and tyrannical dictators are concerned.

c'est magnifique!

Great story telling coupled with an incredible performance by the luminous Isabelle Huppert - Claire Denis most accessible and powerful film to date - so much great stuff going on that it requires more than one viewing


This movie is very bad. I would not waste time or money to watch it. :(

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2010

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