Its interesting that White Material, directed by Claire Denis (Chocolat) and starring Isabelle Huppert (as Maria Vial), has enjoyed favourable reviews in various quality publications. I saw it in London the week before last and thought it was one of the most awful French films I have seen in years, and certainly one of the worst European films set in Africa in recent times.
I was left thinking: this is why France is so messed up on race and on Africa. The country seems to be stuck in 1970s repeat mode. The French view of Africa: anonymous black bodies cancelling each other out without sense, while the white heroine tries to save the place from itself. Don't waste your time or your money on a dreadful film.