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THIS collection of films directed by the phenomenally talented Claire Denis serve as a showcase of her decade-spanning, award-winning career, beginning with her international breakthrough Chocolat in 1988 and carrying through to her most recent work, White Material.
Focussing on the paradoxes of human interaction and the complexity of the individual’s relationship with society and the world at large, Denis’s work has been hailed for its subtlety, delicacy and power, as well as its stunning technical proficiency.
Brave, challenging and frequently controversial, Claire Denis is one of the most important French filmmakers of her generation and is the most critically acclaimed female director working in the world today.
Set in a remote town in Cameroon during the last days of France’s colonies in Africa, Chocolat focuses on a sole white family – Marc Dalens, the often-travelling administrator; his wife Aimee, who does her best to stave off frustration and boredom with household activities; and their young daughter France, who cultivates a special friendship with the native servant boy Protee.
But the family’s ordered world is threatened with chaos when a plane full of strangers makes an emergency landing nearby, its arrival unleashing a torrent of simmering resentments, racism and repressed passion.
About White Material
Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher) gives an extraordinary performance as Maria Vial, the formidable owner of a coffee plantation in a former French colony in Africa.
But the country is gripped by civil war and her terrified workers flee as increasingly violent clashes between the army and the rebel militia grow ever nearer. As brutal and heavily armed soldiers advance, the headstrong Maria stands defiant in the face of impending disaster.
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