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3.9
1,776 Ratings

White Material

Directed by Claire Denis
France, Cameroon, 2009
Drama

Synopsis

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.

White Material Directed by Claire Denis
Denis methodically spins a slow-motion carousel of fragmentation and disorientation.
April 11, 2011
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At its essence, White Material is an exploded chamber drama. A Haneke-style family unit (complete with a brutally bored son) holed up mentally, emotionally, economically and geographically encounters various interlopers while fighting to preserve a bourgeois sense of “integrity.”
November 21, 2010
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Yes, it’s capital-R relevant—yet since it’s a Denis film, it’s hardly a conventional “social problem” picture or even a linear narrative. Instead, it’s yet another emotionally complex study in character identification.
July 15, 2009
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