White Material: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (2009) / Region 1
White Material: The Criterion Collection

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White Material: The Criterion Collection

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 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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jan 19 2011
  • Production Year 2009
  • Empire SKU 1564197
  • UPC Code 715515070416
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


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
Theatrical Trailer
New and Improved English Subtitle Translation
A Booklet Featuring an Essay by Film Writer Amy Taubin


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Surround
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color

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