Things Fall Apart

Isabelle Huppert stars in 'White Material,' Claire Denis's turbulent portrait of post-colonial Africa

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A specter haunts the African continent in “White Material,” Claire Denis’ savage rumination on the clash between developing societies and their bourgeoisie occupants. In the vein of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” the film probes the convoluted legacy of European colonial heritage with remarkable panache. A radical departure from the
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