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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.
A thoughtful, if sometimes frustrating, tale of a Frenchwoman caught in the middle of a civil war in an unidentified African country.
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.
This haunting drama by Claire Denis burns with a mute fear and rage at the ongoing atrocities in central Africa.
Denis' construct is intentionally allegorical, and the film's classical beauty emerges more through her mastery of mood, sense of place and the ellipses in the narrative.
The film's refusal to assert blame or come up with answers about Africa serves as a lesson to filmmakers. Denis paints a complex picture, one that is beguiling, ambiguous and thought provoking.
Instead of sending us into the lobby provoked to debate, we leave so confused there's no point talking it over. White Material is trying hard to mean something. But what?
Denis creates both sympathy for and anger at Marie. She is not a stereotypical colonial overlord, yet her insistence on remaining borders on madness.
The consistently despairing tone is remarkable, as is Isabelle Huppert's understated and absorbing performance as a woman lost in deep-seated denial and facing an inevitable end.
Unfortunately, the screenplay is awful. It gives away the ending early on, which removes any suspense, and pointlessly plays with time so that it's hard to know what is happening when, let alone why.
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.
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
a powerful performance by isabelle huppert and an atmosphere of palpable dread in the dark heart of post colonial africa
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.
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