White Material Poster

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

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • While White Material is very much the story of this one woman, it is also a story of postcolonial Africa, a place where Europeans staked their claim, and where disorder and destruction upended everything. A mournful, frightening, powerful film. show more

  • It's a portrait, by turns chilling, thrilling, mysterious and terrifying, of a woman who refuses to be terrorized. show more

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