In this drama directed and co-written by Claire Denis, Isabelle Huppert plays Maria, a white French expatriate living in an African nation that has fallen into political chaos. Maria owns a coffee plantation, and regards her property as her personal domain; she's not about to give up her land, though her stubborn attitude prevents her from admitting that she's putting those close to her in danger, or even acknowledging the gravity of her situation. Maria has two children with her former husband, André (Christopher Lambert), a young adopted boy and dissatisfied twentysomething Manuel (Nicolas Duvauchelle). André is deeply concerned for the safety of Maria and their sons, and has made plans for her and the boys to flee to Europe, but Maria insists that the military will protect her and the others in the area, a belief that seems to be fueled by arrogance rather than fact. White Material received its North American premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Claire Denis and cinematographer Yves Cape; New iterviews with Denis and actors Isabelle Huppert and Isaach de Bankolé; Short documentary by Denis on the film's premiere at the 2010 Écrans Noirs film festival in Cameroon ; Deleted scenes ; Theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation
Disc #1 -- The Criterion Collection: White Material 1. Found Dead [3:16] 2. No Room [4:15] 3. Last Warning [4:48] 4. On the Run [3:02] 5. "Stay Here!" [5:15] 6. White Material [4:38] 7. One Hundred Dollars [5:51] 8. "The Mayor Keeps His Word" [5:44] 9. New Workers [4:45] 10. José [6:16] 11. Manuel [6:37] 12. Armed Young Shepherds [5:50] 13. Wad of Hair [6:14] 14. "We'll All Die!" [2:48] 15. Loss of Power [4:07] 16. "He's Gone Crazy!" [3:36] 17. Jean-Marie [5:46] 18. Pink Dress [3:09] 19. Chaos in the Village [2:51] 20. Wild Children [3:00] 21. Too Dangerous [4:45] 22. No Way Back [2:37] 23. Execution [6:22]
Disc #1 -- The Criterion Collection: White Material Play the Movie Chapters Color Bars Supplements Interviews Claire Denis Isabelle Huppert Isaach De Bankolé Deleted Scenes Play Écrans Noirs Film Festival, 2010 Play Trailer Subtitles Subtitles: On Subtitles: Off