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3.9
2,049 Ratings

White Material

Directed by Claire Denis
France, Cameroon, 2009
Drama

Synopsis

In an African country torn by civil war, Maria blindly refuses to abandon her coffee plantation before finishing the harvest. A wounded rebellion leader takes refuge with Maria who offers help, but when the government troops regain control of the area, they take bloody reprisals against the rebels.

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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