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White Material

White Material

Upheaval in Africa, but Claire Denis's camera can't take its eyes off Isabelle Huppert

Out of Africa? Isabelle Huppert exudes that signature air of contemplation and intensity that obliges the camera to obey her rhythms

Isabelle Huppert has always had a wandering soul, ever since she cropped up as a strawberry blonde cowboy’s moll in Michael Cimino’s fabled folly, Heaven’s Gate. That was 30 years ago. Middle age has by no means withered but certainly has hardened her pretty freckled moue into something fierce and obdurate. The owner of that forthright jawline ploughs a self-sufficient furrow these days. The characters she chooses to embody are, for one reason or another, doing it for themselves out on society’s limb.

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