White Material
White Material (2010)

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 selection of the Venice, Toronto and New York… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 19, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
William Goss

A maddening movie that gives the viewer plenty to think about, but little to care about.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

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Graham Fuller

Dreamy and elliptical in its fractured timeline and visual lyricism, yet so searing and bloody that it's indelible.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

White Material is unhurried in its storytelling but unshakable in its impact.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Unsentimental, brutal, and beautiful, (the film) is a harrowing experience.

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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

A thoughtful, if sometimes frustrating, tale of a Frenchwoman caught in the middle of a civil war in an unidentified African country.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This haunting drama by Claire Denis burns with a mute fear and rage at the ongoing atrocities in central Africa.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a difficult film, and one that sticks with you, pestering you with its unresolved tensions

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A thought-provoking political commentary in which Denis sets out to examine the white colonialist abuse and its consequences in a French-speaking African… More
Gordon Anderson
Creates a suitably menacing atmosphere around the remaining white settlers in a war ravaged african country about to implode but suffers from a slightly… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
William Dunmyer
"White Material," the new film from Claire Denis starring Isabelle Huppert, is ambitious and intelligent, but it is also slack at times, inducing… More
Stella Dallas
a powerful performance by isabelle huppert and an atmosphere of palpable dread in the dark heart of post colonial africa
Walter M.
The Boxer(Isaach De Bankole), a soldier and symbol of the rebel resistance, is dead. The Boxer is alive, but wounded and hiding out at Cafe Vial, the coffee… More