White Material

White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in Africa, a French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Isabelle Huppert, Christope[r] Lambert

I watched the first half of this, streaming from SBS On Demand, but it expired halfway through, thank goodness. What was happening to the Vial family was bad enough by then, but it was going to get much worse.

Denis shoots in a doco style, seeming to discover events happening as if randomly, without any kind of establishment, and allowing her camera to follow the action if necessary, hand-held. It's said that she creates her film in post, in the editing process, as opposed to planning and shooting them sequentially.

'White Material' (in English) is the original title of the (French) film and apparently refers to (colonist) white people and all their possessions.

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