White Material (2010)



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From Claire Denis, the incomparable director of BEAU TRAVAIL, L'INTRUS and 35 SHOTS OF RHUM, comes WHITE MATERIAL: a rich and thrilling account of a woman driven to the edge. An official selection of the Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, the film is a riveting exploration of the complexities of racial conflict and the limits of human will. The legendary Isabelle Huppert (LA CEREMONIE, THE PIANO TEACHER, 8 WOMEN), is Maria Vial, a fearless French woman attempting to run her family's … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Claire Denis, Marie N'Diaye
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2011
Box Office: $0.3M
IFC Films - Official Site


as Maria Vial

as André Vial

as Manuel Vial

as The Mayor

as Lucie Vial

as Henri Vial
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Critic Reviews for White Material

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (23)

A maddening movie that gives the viewer plenty to think about, but little to care about.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
Top Critic

White Material is unhurried in its storytelling but unshakable in its impact.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A thoughtful, if sometimes frustrating, tale of a Frenchwoman caught in the middle of a civil war in an unidentified African country.

January 14, 2011
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A poignant, haunting study of well-intentioned but doomed folly, embodied by a heroine whose bravery renders her blind to the world that is crumbling around her.

Full Review… | January 6, 2011
Miami Herald
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It's one of those movies where questions like "Why didn't they do that?" or "Wait, what's their relationship?" keep popping up. And for the most part, those questions never get answered.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Detroit News
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This haunting drama by Claire Denis burns with a mute fear and rage at the ongoing atrocities in central Africa.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for White Material


Another great film put out by IFC films about a French women who will not give up, Isabelle Huppert plays the part of a coffee plantation owner in a African country trying to get the coffee crop in before it ruins. Trouble within the country between the Rebels and the military over running the country is now a prime factor that the French military has pulled out. Her number one problem is she is White (White Material as know to the Blacks), her second problem is her worthless husband. The cast of this film is that of Actors from outside the US which IFC is famous for and helps add to the overall enjoyment of this film. An outstanding film that deals with the facts of today. 4 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

a powerful performance by isabelle huppert and an atmosphere of palpable dread in the dark heart of post colonial africa

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Creates a suitably menacing atmosphere around the remaining white settlers in a war ravaged african country about to implode but suffers from a slightly plodding execution.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

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