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White Material (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 24 March 2010 (France)
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Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in Africa, a French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

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André Vial (as Christophe Lambert)
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Lucie, la femme d'André
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Jean-Marie Ahanda
Martin Poulibe
Patrice Eya
Serge Mong
Mama Njouam
Thomas Dumerchez
Christine-Ange Tatah
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Denis revisits Africa, this time exploring a place rife with civil and racial conflict. A white French family outlawed in its home and attempting to save its coffee plantation connects with a black hero also embroiled in the tumult. All try to survive as their world rapidly crumbles around them Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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In the African heat, one woman stands alone

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Biala Afryka  »

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£23,285 (UK) (9 July 2010)

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$302,819 (USA) (28 January 2011)
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This film came about because Isabelle Huppert approached Claire Denis, asking her if they could work together. See more »

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maddening characters in a maddening world
14 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

In French colonial Africa, Maria Vial (Isabelle Huppert) is struggling to finish the coffee bean harvest. The rebels are approaching. French forces are leaving. Local have turned to banditry and her workers have mostly abandoned her. The African mayor bullies André Vial (Christopher Lambert) to get his father to sell the plantation. Maria has their white son Manuel and André has his half-African son Jose. Maria stubbornly refuses to leave the harvest even after Manuel is stripped naked by a couple of boys. Manuel starts to deteriorate mentally. Maria discovers wounded rebel fighter Le Boxeur in her barn.

Isabelle Huppert embodies a fierce interior and stubbornness. The family's varying reaction to their situation can be mind-boggling. There is real tension but also frustration with Maria. These are maddening characters in a maddening world.


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