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Critics reviews
White Material
Claire Denis France, 2009
Denis methodically spins a slow-motion carousel of fragmentation and disorientation.
April 11, 2011
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At its essence, White Material is an exploded chamber drama. A Haneke-style family unit (complete with a brutally bored son) holed up mentally, emotionally, economically and geographically encounters various interlopers while fighting to preserve a bourgeois sense of “integrity.”
November 21, 2010
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Although White Material achieves the director’s trademark dreamy, watery fluidity – coaxing even the worst sticklers for narrative clarity to go with the flow and ignore the strict demarcations between past and present, reality and fantasy – its structure is not half as daring as, say, that of L’intrus, where (as Raúl Ruiz would say) the images created the narrative, rather than vice versa… However, like all Denis films, White Material repays repeat viewings, and grows with them.
May 01, 2010
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Though the compressed, hectic time frame and Denis’ customary exposition-by-experience narration underserve key relationships and plot turns, Huppert and give White Material a vivid emotional through-line.
October 09, 2009
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Yes, it’s capital-R relevant—yet since it’s a Denis film, it’s hardly a conventional “social problem” picture or even a linear narrative. Instead, it’s yet another emotionally complex study in character identification.
July 15, 2009
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