• White Material (2010)

White Material

Release Date: November 19th, 2010

DVD Release Date: April 12th, 2011

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

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: Isabelle Huppert, Isaach De Bankolé, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, William Nadylam, Adèle Ado, Ali Barkai, Daniel Tchangang

Director: Claire Denis

Genres: Drama

Keywords: 2000s, Son, Sacrifice, Family, Gritty

Ratings & Reviews

  • 85
    Ella TaylorNPR

    Yet in the end it's less the climactic madness and mayhem in White Material that sear the memory than it is the silent, balletic creep of child soldiers, grabbed out of school and sent with machetes and rifles through a forest to exact revenge for decades of repression. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Denis creates the threat of imminent danger through stillness and austerity rather than action. She's helped immeasurably by an astringent, fully committed performance from her leading lady, a gaunt, impossibly resolute Isabelle Huppert. show more

  • 80
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    With Huppert as her paradoxical lightning rod, Denis courts class and colonial tensions until they fly apart in the last moments of the film. show more

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