Rated NR · 105 minutes · 2010

Director Claire Denis has made an astonishing, puzzling war movie featuring a haunting central performance from Isabelle Huppert. As Maria Vial, a French woman in an unnamed African country shattered by civil war, Huppert exhibits a quiet stubbornness. When French Army helicopters fly over Maria’s coffee plantation, and soldiers tell her it’s time to get out for her own safety, she refuses; it seems at first that she simply doesn’t realize the danger she and her family could be in. However, Denis slowly reveals, in captivating fashion, that Maria has completely lost her grip on reality. Yves Cape’s artful camerawork and the sonic soundtrack by Stuart Staples help make this film an all-around-rich experience.

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Director: Claire Denis
Producer: Pascal Caucheteux
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Isaach De Bankolé, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, William Nadylam, Adèle Ado, Ali Barkai, Daniel Tchangang and Michel Subor


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