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WHITE MATERIAL Opens in Los Angeles – LA TIMES Raves!

Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010 by IFC Films News

Tags: Kenneth Turan, LA Times, News, Reviews, WHITE MATERIAL

Claire Denis’ WHITE MATERIAL opens today at the Sunset 5 in Los Angeles!

It’s Kenneth Turan of the LA Times pick of the week:

“With so many worthy Hollywood films coming out every week (this is the awards season, after all), serious filmgoers are understandably focusing their attention on the season’s studio releases. So it would be all too easy but a terrible shame to overlook as excellent a foreign-language film as “White Material.”

Simultaneously poetic, dramatic and realistic, this is an altogether stunning work. Directed by Claire Denis and starring Isabelle Huppert in a bravura performance as a woman confronting armed chaos in an unnamed  African country, this is filmmaking that is at once exhilarating and chilling, powerful and powerfully disturbing.

Though not a marquee name in this country, French director Denis is so respected internationally that British film journal Sight & Sound declared “there is no better filmmaker working in the world right now.”

Having grown up in Africa and used it as the setting for her signature film, “Chocolat,” Denis takes us back there again, to a nameless country caught in the brutal, catastrophic struggle between a ruthless regime and a rebel army filled with child soldiers. And though it deals with serious themes and  confronts deep personal issues, perhaps the most unexpected thing about “White Material” is that it never forgets to add beauty to the mix.”

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