White Material ★★★½

Venturing back to the Colonial themes of her debut feature, Claire Denis gets Isabelle Huppert to wear no make-up and lost in her crazed-mind. Not crazed in a extremely physical manner, but crazed in her privilege, refusing to budge in the midst of a hellish nightmare.

To see Huppert's Maria tirelessly harvest, clean and prepare those coffee beans while the environment around her crumbles is a telling narrative: the "white material" continues to "persevere" unchanged in a world that is constantly changing, chaos and blood erupting.

Claire Denis is never afraid to do what she does and it results in artful beauty like this.

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