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  1. Mihail's rating of the film White Material

    caught this on our national tv station. I'd only seen one Claire Denis film before (High Life) and loved it, and I was curious about this one for a long time. It's not the easiest film to follow (I had to read the explanation for feral Manuel's behavior on wikipedia), but this is powerful filmmaking that sticks with you. Isabelle Huppert gives a masterclass as a plantation owner stuck in the middle of a civil war.

  2. pedrobrito's rating of the film White Material

    The willing delusion of white privilege.

  3. James Mackin's rating of the film White Material

    The time-hopping structure kept this entertaining.

  4. camille demers-lambert's rating of the film White Material

  5. DenoResandono's rating of the film White Material

    WHITE MATERIAL is slow - to find out about what really happened. This movie succeed to make me curious and I was able to sit down patiently until the movie ended. To be honest, I'm not a fan of the story. But I was interested with Claire Denis' direction. Denis succeed to create such a tension without any extra efforts. Isabelle Huppert also helped to create the thrilling atmosphere. It's a 105 minutes of real horror

  6. Daniel's rating of the film White Material

  7. Slappy McGee's rating of the film White Material

    (2.5 stars) It's well-acted but ho-hum. Nothing new or inventive here. Well directed by Denis, but it's just a boring bit of subject matter. Seen too many like this and they all seem long and dull. There's merit to be had here, and some will argue the brilliance of this incredibly mediocre material. But it's just a middle-of-the-road flick for me. Not something I will ever have interest in watching again. *yawn*

  8. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film White Material

    A fine drama from Claire Denis that boasts one of many great performances from the always-superb Isabelle Huppert, this looks at life in a troubled (unspecified) African country, and the central French couple who have very different ideas on whether to stay or just give up everything and escape, a choice many others don't have.

  9. Thomas's rating of the film White Material

    A horror story in a parched, broken country drying out what little humanity remains. Denis captures and backs up the subtleties between her characters's relationships and backs them up with a vibrancy reflective of the narrative turmoil. The unexplained specifics of the political and social/familial situation also reflect Huppert's inability to see what's going on around her. Oblivious to the world outside her own.

  10. Veronika Wellings's rating of the film White Material

    A hard film to watch, the woman is obdurately unable to face the changing times thus all her efforts wasted bringing death, destruction and bloodshed.

  11. Thomas Dods's rating of the film White Material

    There is no political context or wider message about the African continent in this drama about warring factions in an unnamed country. Instead we just see chaos, violence and obsession. The always incredible Huppert plays a coffee plantation owner who is in complete denial about the worsening bloodshed around her, bordering on insanity. Bold and lyrical filmmaking from Denis.

  12. Joshua's rating of the film White Material

    A film that is difficult to love, but imperative to like, becoming more distant, more dissociative, more violent. Not a tragedy, but still a tale of hubris.

  13. goulton green's rating of the film White Material

    "For the fearless young brats."

  14. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film White Material

  15. PA's rating of the film White Material

    Oh if only the white man had stayed away from the resource rich Africa we would not be having this kind of brutality. Wishful thinking because Africa will keep being plundered to satisfy our lust for materialism. Violent death is the price THEY pay for OUR convenience.

  16. film maudit's rating of the film White Material

    There’s a thin line between resilience and delusion.

  17. keithinhull's rating of the film White Material

    This gives a great sense of the chaos of war It is a very fine film

  18. Charlie Douglas-Hamilton's rating of the film White Material

    Much of Claire Denis' films rely on an instinctual engagement with the imagery and for some reason this didn't click with me. It is an intriguing story, but the son's narrative feels like an over-escalation and in some ways undercuts the poignancy of the other smaller parts. There is much to enjoy here, but it didn't strike me.

  19. Toshiro's rating of the film White Material

    Should they leave? When’s the best time? Can they leave? Who can they count on? Who’s dangerous to others? Who can they trust? Should they trust themselves? What matters most? Saving their lives? But what are their lives made of? A slow paced and brilliantly edited film that rises many questions and brings delicate answers.

  20. Adam Laurence Pitt's rating of the film White Material

  21. Gerry Miriello's rating of the film White Material

    One of the more enjoyable experiences I've had watching a film, seeing the comeuppance of arrogant buffoonery. Will have you rolling in the aisles!

  22. chris's rating of the film White Material

  23. 2multo's rating of the film White Material

    Powerful story. Touches humanity's soul. Multiple sides of colonialism's force allowed to speak without preachiness. Tradition, connection to place, privilege and our own human inhumanity, all, uncomfortably close-up and viscerally disturbing. True cinema.

  24. gfxalchemist's rating of the film White Material

    I found myself watching and asking when Maria was going to come to the conclusion that enough was enough while the story played out in the film. The film exposed to the economy of this region of Africa, and culture throughout this film. The cinematography, acting, and editing kept me engaged as the story unraveled. Glad to have to be introduced to Clare Denis's work.

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