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White Material (2009)

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

Director:

Claire Denis

Writers:

Claire Denis (scenario), Marie N'Diaye (scenario) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Maria Vial
Christopher Lambert ... André Vial (as Christophe Lambert)
Nicolas Duvauchelle ... Manuel Vial
William Nadylam ... Chérif, le maire
Michel Subor ... Henri Vial, le propriétaire
Isaach De Bankolé ... Le Boxeur
Adèle Ado Adèle Ado ... Lucie, la femme d'André
Ali Barkai Ali Barkai ... Jeep, le chef des enfants rebelles
Jean-Marie Ahanda Jean-Marie Ahanda
Martin Poulibe Martin Poulibe
Patrice Eya Patrice Eya
Serge Mong Serge Mong
Mama Njouam Mama Njouam
Thomas Dumerchez Thomas Dumerchez
Christine-Ange Tatah Christine-Ange Tatah
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Storyline

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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Searing and Beautiful! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France | Cameroon

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 March 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Balta medziaga See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,613, 21 November 2010

Gross USA:

$304,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$973,274
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Maria goes into her son's bedroom to wake him up was written intentionally long, with numerous throwaway lines, so that it could be cut way down during editing. According to director Claire Denis, Isabelle Huppert's line readings were so precise and meaningful that they ended up not cutting a single word. See more »

Goofs

The position of the goat's head in the coffee beans changes between shots. See more »

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Histerically boring
8 September 2011 | by carlitaantoniniSee all my reviews

A story of a distressed woman willing to die and sacrifice her own family rather than giving up some acres of land somewhere in the middle of nowhere merely to prove (to none) that she is not afraid.

Isabelle Huppert provides as always an excellent and charming neurotic character. Her character is brave and determined but the whole objective of her determination makes no sense at all.

Overall, the script is pretty poor. It is not certain if the movie wants to talk about female neurosis, ignorant expatriates behavior, social revolution, oppressed against colonizers, black and white or simply tell the story of how someone can get blind by her own ego.

Nice photography of landscapes, some minutes of enjoying to see Huppert acting and absolutely nothing more.


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