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Claire Denis

White Material

Isabelle Huppert gives an electrifying performance as a white coffee plantation owner during turbulent times.

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France-Cameroon 2009
Dir Claire Denis
With Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Isaach De Bankolé
106min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 15

In an unspecified part of French colonial Africa, white coffee plantation owner Maria (Huppert) clings to her land even as civil war and racial conflict brings the spectre of bloodshed ever closer. Adding to the dangerous atmosphere is her unstable son (Duvauchelle). Dedicated to child soldiers, White Material is full of grief, and honours the complexity of souls twisted by colonialism.


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