• 1988
  • France
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Claire Denis
  • Written by: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
  • Cast: François Cluzet, Isaach De Bankolé, Giulia Boschi
  • Language: French

Returning to the remote part of Cameroon where she spent her childhood, the daughter of a colonial civil servant recalls scenes from those early years, including the attraction between her mother and their native manservant. This accomplished debut feature is a nostalgic and gentle mosaic of colonial life, which offers a perceptive look at the Europeans' varying attitudes towards the Africans.

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Claire Denis retrospective includes White Material, Beau Travail and Chocolat

8 Jul 2010

Claire Denis is one of the most significant figures of contemporary world cinema. To coincide with the Edinburgh Filmhouse season of here films currently screening, film writer Tony McKibbin offers an analysis of the French film-maker's body of work.

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