| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: 4/5
A maddening movie that gives the viewer plenty to think about, but little to care about.
White Material is unhurried in its storytelling but unshakable in its impact.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A thoughtful, if sometimes frustrating, tale of a Frenchwoman caught in the middle of a civil war in an unidentified African country.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: C-
This haunting drama by Claire Denis burns with a mute fear and rage at the ongoing atrocities in central Africa.
Enigmatic, elliptical but visually powerful, Claire Denis' film plays chronological hopscotch with events.
A mournful, frightening, powerful film.
| Original Score: 4/4
Simultaneously poetic, dramatic and realistic, "White Material" is an altogether stunning work.
It's a disorientingly beautiful movie at times, which promises -- as Denis always does, I think -- that human madness and human love will balance each other out, in the fullness of time.
'White Material" unites France's most precious actress, Isabelle Huppert, with one of that nation's leading directors, Claire Denis. The result is as impressive as one would expect.
Its dramatic vexations are at war with Denis' prodigious visual skill. And the fight, ultimately, rewards the viewer.
A striking film filled with images that sometimes reveal their full meaning only when their beauty curdles in the chain of signification.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
This is a beautiful, puzzling film. The enigmatic quality of Huppert's performance draws us in.
An intense, mysterious drama exploring revolution and loss.
| Original Score: A-
Almost everything here seems off.
| Original Score: 2/5
[Claire Denis's] tense, convulsive White Material is a portrait of change and a thing of terrible beauty.
A taut, unforgettable film.
A powerful recognition of the continent's tragic present that focuses on a white plantation owner desperate to hold on to her land, despite roving militias and child soldiers.
A mesmerising portrait of civil war, racial tension and one woman's resistance to change in an unnamed, French-speaking African country.