White Material (2010)
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as Maria Vial
as André Vial
as Manuel Vial
as The Boxer
as The Mayor
as Lucie Vial
as Henri Vial
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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.
Audience Reviews for White Material
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, but it also feels not very well finished, especially when it comes to Manuel's erratic (in the end 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