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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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Spellbinding! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Referenced in The Limits of Control (2009) See more »

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Any Which Way Freedom
Perform by Mutabaruka
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Africa indeed
18 March 2019 | by valadasSee all my reviews

It is indeed Africa and a violent one truly depicted here. In a former French colony a white woman runs a coffee plantation in a zone ravaged by the fight between the army and rebels. A courageous woman who fights against everything and everybody (Isabelle Huppert),for besides the problems of the plantation she has got family problems with her ex-husband and a half-mad son. A movie that is directed in realistic style as almost documentar although not dimming the dramatic freature of the story. Also a real document of the relationship between Africans and Europeans. A movie worth to be seen though not exactly a masterpiece as far as a few behaviours are not utterly shown nor explained.


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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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,613, 21 November 2010

Gross USA:

$304,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,392,434
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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