White Material 2010

White Material

Critics Consensus

Isabelle Huppert is an immoveable object surrounded by unstoppable forces in White Material, an incendiary character study and political thriller that showcases director Claire Denis' expertise in ratcheting tension.

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As the owner of a coffee plantation in Africa, Maria (Isabelle Huppert) wants only to see her business through the harvest, no matter what's happening around it. Instead of fleeing what seems to be a dangerous conflict, she puts her faith in a rebel leader called The Boxer (Isaach De Bankolé). But as civil wars rip through the continent, and the area becomes increasingly dangerous, Maria may be putting both herself and her family in danger by attempting to weather the storm.

Cast & Crew

Adèle Ado
Lucie Vial
Michel Subor
Henri Vial
Claire Denis
Screenwriter
Marie N'Diaye
Screenwriter
Stuart Staples
Original Music
Yves Cape
Cinematographer
Guy Lecorne
Film Editor
Abiassi Saint-Père
Production Design
Judy Shrewsbury
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Critic Reviews for White Material

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (13)

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    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

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

    April 14, 2011 | Full Review…

    William Goss

    Film.com
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  • White Material is unhurried in its storytelling but unshakable in its impact.

    January 31, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 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.

    January 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for White Material

  • Oct 21, 2015
    A thought-provoking political commentary in which Denis sets out to examine the white colonialist abuse and its consequences in a French-speaking African country, even if it doesn't feel so well finished, especially when it comes to Manuel's erratic (and puzzling) actions.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2011
    a powerful performance by isabelle huppert and an atmosphere of palpable dread in the dark heart of post colonial africa
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2011
    Fearless, superlative, slow building and gut-punching drama with a powerful performance from Isabelle Huppert. This astonishing film concerning the "legacy" of colonialism has innumerable memorable sequences and points of view; it is a truly original and riveting work from the inimitable Claire Denis.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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