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The White Material [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [2009]

Release Date:04/12/2011
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    Special Features

    • New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Claire Denis and cinematographer Yves Cape
    • New iterviews with Denis and actors Isabelle Huppert and Isaach de Bankolé
    • Short documentary by Denis on the film's premiere at the 2010 Écrans Noirs film festival in Cameroon
    • Deleted scenes
    • Theatrical trailer
    • New and improved English subtitle translation


    White Material
    In this drama directed and co-written by Claire Denis, Isabelle Huppert plays Maria, a white French expatriate living in an African nation that has fallen into political chaos. Maria owns a coffee plantation, and regards her property as her personal domain; she's not about to give up her land, though her stubborn attitude prevents her from admitting that she's putting those close to her in danger, or even acknowledging the gravity of her situation. Maria has two children with her former husband, André (Christopher Lambert), a young adopted boy and dissatisfied twentysomething Manuel (Nicolas Duvauchelle). André is deeply concerned for the safety of Maria and their sons, and has made plans for her and the boys to flee to Europe, but Maria insists that the military will protect her and the others in the area, a belief that seems to be fueled by arrogance rather than fact. White Material received its North American premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Isabelle Huppert
      Isabelle Huppert - Maria Vial
    • Christopher Lambert
      Christopher Lambert - André Vial
    • Nicolas Duvauchelle
      Nicolas Duvauchelle - Manuel Vial
    • William Nadylam
      William Nadylam - The Mayor
    • Image coming soon
      Adèle Ado - Lucie Vial

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