White Material [2009] [Criterion] (DVD)

Claire Denis

Currently unavailable


In French with English subtitles.


In White Material, the great contemporary French filmmaker Claire Denis (Chocolat, Beau travail), known for her restless, intimate dramas, introduces an unforgettably crazed character. Played ferociously by Isabelle Huppert (Story Of Women, The Piano Teacher), Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, desperately unwilling to give up her family's crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. Created with Denis' signature full-throttle visual style, which places the viewer in the center of the maelstrom, White Material is a gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind.

Product Details

  • Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankole, Nicolas Duvauchelle, William Nadylam
  • Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 04/12/2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 560

Special Features

  • New Digital Transfer, Supervised and Approved by Director Claire Denis and Cinematographer Yves Cape
  • New Interviews with Denis and Actors Isabelle Huppert and Isaach de Bankole
  • Short Documentary by Denis on the Film's Premiere at the 2010 Ecrans Noirs Film Festival in Cameroon
  • Deleted Scene
  • A Booklet Featuring an Essay by Film Writer Amy Taubin
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