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 section of the Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, the film is a riveting exploration the dark complexities of racial conflict and 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 coffee plantation in an unnamed African country. Torn violently apart by hate-fueled civil conflict, this unforgiving setting soon turns against the foreign family, declaring them outlaw in their new home. In a brash effort to save her family and livelihood, Maria risks everything, fighting with every shred of her will to buck the rebel forces wrestling for control of local power.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 102min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 11/19/2010
- DVD Release Date: 04/12/2011
- Distributor(s): IFC Films (USA)
Isaach de Bankolé
- Themes: Political Unrest,Terrorism,Race Relations,Mothers and Sons,Living In Exile
- Tone: Earnest,Matter-of-Fact,Reflective,Sweeping
Africa, child-soldier, coffee, danger, ex-husband, plantation
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (11-19-2010)
- Language: French