White Material

Claire Denis’ (High Life) powerful and acclaimed thriller White Material examines the highly charged and controversial legacy of colonialism.

Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Happy End) gives an extraordinary performance as Maria Vial, the formidable owner of a coffee plantation in a former French colony in Africa. The country is gripped by civil war and Maria’s terrified workers flee as increasingly violent clashes between the army and the rebel militia grow ever nearer. As brutal and heavily armed soldiers advance, the headstrong Maria stands defiant in the face of impending disaster.

★★★★ “A disturbing piece of work whose power and grip increase, almost imperceptibly, as the film progresses to its awful and inevitable conclusion” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★★ “Searing and beautiful” - Tim Robey, The Telegraph

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Runtime 100 Minutes
Release date 2009
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