Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, unwilling to give up her family’s crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. White Material is a gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind.
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I saw Claire Denis' White Material tonight at the L.A. Film Festival. It took a very long time to come out to L.A. I'd give it a 78/100. It had some very good points about those in charge who exploit workers who earn very little.
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My favorite of Claire Denis' films, not only because it stars one of the greatest actors alive, Isabelle Huppert, but because of everything-the story, the style, the cinematography. Isabelle is a white woman in an unnamed African country that is throwing the French (and all whites) out by force, but Isabelle doesn't seem to understand. She just wants to continue working, when she obviously is not wanted there anymore
Meh. Didn't think much of this film; maybe I'm one of those people who "doesn't get it". I felt like this was another "white man is the devil" film, but laden with psychopath characters who make completely unbelievable and illogical decisions.
a beautifully framed and acted masterpiece. the manner in which denis approaches the idea of colonialism and race within society is subtle and forceful at the same time. the script is very bare and spaced, but the dialogue is perfect. huppert is as stunning as ever with emotion, strength and insanity all at once. the empty frames of this film are devastating. denis and huppert need more films together after this.
Will require repeat viewings for me. The performances from all the actors involved were pitch-perfect. Based on the supplements on the Criterion Blu-ray, Denis has layered the film with a lot of content about contemporary Africa.
Moral of the story? Rich white people are pretty dumb. White people don't belong in Africa. I found the main character to be completely illogical, but in some ways, I understand her. Even though there is a certain obviousness to it, this film is wonderful. Perhaps the most intense thriller of the year.
Claire Denis strikes again with this mesmerizing portrait of the effects of French colonialism in Africa. The country is never named, and Denis uses that anonymity to portray the rot of colonialism as a whole. Isabelle Huppert is fantastic. Never has she appeared so broken or, dare I say it, so old. It's a fearless performance.