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White Material -- A drama set in an unnamed African country and centered on a French plantation owner caught in the midst of a civil war.


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Release Date:
24 March 2010 (France) See more »
In the African heat, one woman stands alone
Denis revisits Africa, this time exploring a place rife with civil and racial conflict. A white French... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Claire Denis 
Writing credits
Claire Denis (scenario) and
Marie N'Diaye (scenario)

Lucie Borleteau  collaboration

Produced by
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
Original Music by
Stuart Staples 
Cinematography by
Yves Cape 
Film Editing by
Guy Lecorne 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
Production Design by
Abiassi Saint-Père 
Costume Design by
Judy Shrewsbury 
Makeup Department
Pierre Olivier Persin .... special makeup effects artist
Antonella Prestigiacomo .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Albert Blasius .... production manager
Laurencina Lam .... post-production manager
Thibault Mattei .... unit production manager
Monica Taverna .... unit manager
Isabelle Tillou .... production manager
Olivier Torion .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lucie Borleteau .... assistant director
Gervais Djimeli Lekpa .... third assistant director
Anaïs Minet .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Sandie Bompar .... dialogue editor
Fred Mays .... post-synchronisation
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Josefina Rodríguez .... sound editor
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
Christophe Vingtrinier .... sound re-recording mixer
Christophe Winding .... sound
Visual Effects by
Elodie Glain .... visual effects coordinator
Jean-Francois Theault .... digital compositor
Olivier Veau .... digital compositor
Aurélie Villard .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Bourgoin .... chief electrician: re-shoots
Maxime Cointe .... first assistant camera
Mathieu Dequirot .... electrician: re-shoots
Martin Levent .... second assistant camera
Stéphane Thiry .... key grip
Bruno Verstraete .... gaffer
Sylvain Zambelli .... first assistant camera: re-shoots
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernadette Beaudet .... costumer
Claire Tong .... costumer
Editorial Department
Sandie Bompar .... assistant editor
Emmanuel Le Ridant .... telecine dailies colorist
Other crew
Stéphane Boulay .... travelling car
Frédéric Cauvy .... weapons
Antonio Cides .... car preparer
Jean-Jacques Domingues .... car preparer
Jean-Benoit Guillon .... car preparer
Pierre-Axel Vuillaume-Prézeau .... production assistant
Christian Dines .... bonus material editor (uncredited)

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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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This film came about because Isabelle Huppert approached Claire Denis, asking her if they could work together.See more »
Continuity: The position of the goat's head in the coffee beans changes between shots.See more »
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3 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Africa Wins Again, 7 October 2013
Author: Suradit from Thailand

I lived in Africa for nearly 25 years and, whenever things went south no matter whether with trivial or major consequences , a common response was "AWA," Africa Wins Again.

Usually the reason some undertaking failed was attributable to human intransigence and stubborn refusal to be accommodative, but the results were similar to those experienced when a plantation or garden was left untended. Africa reclaimed the situation (or the plantation) and things quickly returned to it more "natural" state, as if any traces of human intervention had been fully erased.

This story has to do with a multi-generational French family living in an unnamed African country, apparently for quite a long time, as a revolution is unfolding that is both anti-government and anti-exploitation-by-colonial-types like the family.

Aside from the utter despair for all parties concerned, it's a little difficult to see what the point of the movie was. Maybe if we had seen a little of the main characters before the revolution, their slide into hopeless refugees-to-reality would have been more telling. As it is, from the start nearly everyone seems to have already found his or her own way to deny what's going on and the viewer is more likely to feel apathy for everyone rather than any sympathy.

The "star" is a woman who apparently never owned a comb or hair brush or any clothes appropriate to her daily activities. Aside from a pile of greasy, stringy, uncontrollable, overly long hair, she is a pretty one-dimensional, forgettable character. In addition to being in total denial about what's going on about her, she also seems unaware that her "school boy" son has gone completely over the wall. At least he has the sense to shave his head, something I kept wishing the woman would do.

If the objective was to show how Africa will always win again and reduce anyone and everything to the lowest common denominator (presumably taking the racist view that whites will be reduced to the lowest level ... that of native Africans ... if they let their guard down), then it failed remarkably. Just about everyone in the movie seemed to be rather pathetic from the start. It may be true that "Things Fall Apart," but for some things/people, that was a pretty small change.

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