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  1. beepea's rating of the film White Material

    And how we write poems through objects we own. Though flimsy is the boundary, the positions of object and subject are delicately permeable, personhood so well removed by declarations of “...MY son.” Emphasis on the ‘my.’ Maria’s son inherits his mother’s illness, and he dies though, he did swallow many pills among those fearless young rascals. Nevertheless, there is simply no cure for blue eyes.

  2. Henrique Barbosa Justini's rating of the film White Material

    o fim dos mitos. a relação entra as raças se escancara como comércio (o isqueiro dourado, os dólares, a corrente dourada). white material é o som insuportável do conflito. um limite extremo em que não há reconhecimento. um mundo colonizado condenado à repetição deste processo.

  3. ig_____or's rating of the film White Material

    It's one of the most physically and emotionally demanding roles that I've seen Huppert play... and yet, amidst this dysfunctional family, something got lost in translation for me.

  4. lbunuel's rating of the film White Material

    This is a fascinating puzzle of a film in which the most haunting aspect, despite all the violence, is a strange, wholly original sense of lyricism.

  5. Naila's rating of the film White Material

  6. Andrew Lang's rating of the film White Material

    Moves seamlessly between reality and the imagination. Denis does this better than pretty much anyone

  7. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film White Material

    The most interesting and ultimately tragic character in Denis's film is Maria's son. He will never belong in the country where he was born. It will always spit him out. It's a smart understanding of the legacies of colonialism. Not sure the rest of Denis's film is as smart, even though it features a reliably nuanced Huppert performance.

  8. Ethan's rating of the film White Material

    Isabelle Huppert gives an incredible performance here and this is an engaging and intense film superbly directed by Claire Denis.

  9. Viginti_tres's rating of the film White Material

    An apocalyptic rebuttal to 'Out of Africa'? Elliptical and arresting, a literal and then metaphorical depiction of rebellions cycles and caustic violence. It ends with a dedication to the 'rascally dogs' but doesn't depict them with much adoration. At its strongest when its silent, which is around eighty percent of the film.

  10. Joana China's rating of the film White Material

    all i needed was isabelle huppert riding a motorcycle, but i got so much more. also: white people are the worst.

  11. Renton47's rating of the film White Material

    Could it be that WM poses a question more ephemeral than is colonialism bad? Such as, what would you do if personal will or instinct is in conflict with larger political agendas? I find attempts to explain away the psychology of this film lacking. Is Huppert, so resolute, noble in another context, ignorant or defiant? Agnes is missed, but in this Denis the motive surpasses aesthetic in a mysterious manner.

  12. jxn's rating of the film White Material

    this film makes me think of a keychain i saw the other day saying 'make coffee, not war.' maria probably has one.

  13. -REM-'s rating of the film White Material

  14. Eeeeeeeeeee's rating of the film White Material

    ay ne gerzek film ah zavallı beyazları anlatıolar neler çekmişler afrikada

  15. ammar's rating of the film White Material

  16. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film White Material

  17. MONSIEURDE's rating of the film White Material

  18. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film White Material

  19. Chris's rating of the film White Material

    amazing cinematography, acting, and especially music, but the story didnt really click for me, maybe ill have to rewatch; 7/10

  20. Aardsy's rating of the film White Material

    Leave. Just leave. Why won't you leave?!

  21. Ayinde Anderson's rating of the film White Material

    "She was trying to save not only her pride, but her belief, a strange belief, that she was accepted there. A belief that she was not home, but accepted; even if there was a civil war, she was not an enemy, she was a part of that land. Therefore, when the mayor tells her — it’s your fault, remember, you’re white material, you’re different – people would never trust you completely, for that reason." -Claire Denis

  22. Dada Kubin's rating of the film White Material

    There are too few (good) movies made about the consequences and unraveling of colonialism in Africa but “White Material” is one such. It tells a story of a woman who can't see that her position is unjust and who wants everything to be as it was in a country falling into chaos. "White" show what kind of powers can take over when colonialist injustices start to unwound. A gut-wrenching but intellectual movie.

  23. Edgar Echeverría's rating of the film White Material

  24. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film White Material

    I love the tension that Denis builds by making it an intimate study of a village on brink of civil war!

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