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Ratings & Reviews

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. Eeeeeeeeeee's rating of the film White Material

    ay ne gerzek film ah zavallı beyazları anlatıolar neler çekmişler afrikada

  10. ammar's rating of the film White Material

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

  12. MONSIEURDE's rating of the film White Material

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

  14. 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

  15. Aardsy's rating of the film White Material

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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!

  20. Benjamin Bello's rating of the film White Material

    En pleine guerre civile quelque part en Afrique, Maria, en robe rose légère, fuit la violence rebelle et dans une camionnette bondée de réfugiés, se remémore les derniers jours où elle avait le choix de partir et épargner sa famille. L'histoire se déroule en flash back, qui donne cette impression que le temps présent n'est jamais assez lucide et que les décisions passionnées sont toujours aussi fatales. Primal.

  21. Gael Arribat de Nerja's rating of the film White Material

    Film traité comme un tableau. Ici, on prend le temps de voir de ressentir. Les images sont magnifiques et la bande son fort intéressante. Le sujet métaphysique de cette folie qui pousse Maria à sa perte et celle des siens. Sombre et silencieux, ce film nous donne la possibilité de réfléchir sur nos propres obsessions et de méditer sur leur bien fondé.

  22. fanette jacob's rating of the film White Material

    Atmosphère angoissante, pas d'issue, sauf celle que trouve le personnage joué par Huppert, traitement intéressant de la culpabilité (coloniale ici, entre autres). Bande son de grande qualité, on a le temps de voir, penser et sentir. A voir, donc.

  23. Klaus-hart's rating of the film White Material

    J'aime les cheveux ocres, le visage tour à tour déterminé et inquiet de Maria. On accepte son déni et son aveuglement coupable. Par moments, on y voit une forme de courage. Tout ce à quoi elle tient est condamné, par elle, et elle est la dernière à le savoir. C'est ce qui émeut et trouble, comme la simplicité du désastre, du meurtre, le coup de couteau silencieux.

  24. azoulay's rating of the film White Material

    Malgré une belle mise en scène et des acteurs ad hoc le film s'engage trop clairement dans la problématique de "Super Woman miss café" alors que cet égoïsme si prégnant , aurait pu être le moteur d'un autre discours que cette désolation manichéenne. Car ce n'est pas la seule vérité sur l'Afrique et les blancs. Le film semble régler des comptes et c'est désagréable. L' Afrique et les noirs comme "décors" c'est limite

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