White God

White God

Kornel Mundruczo (2014)

116min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
From its audacious opening scene of an enormous pack of dogs chasing a girl on a bicycle through deserted Budapest streets, it's clear that White God is a strange beast. Director Kornel Mundruczo has created a beautiful and bizarre film that veers between gritty realism and haunting fantasy, and from a human perspective to a dog's-eye-view of the world. Zsofia Psotta plays 13-year-old Lili who is sent to stay with her father (Sandor Zsoter) while her mother travels abroad, but he's not keen on having an additional houseguest - her crossbreed dog, Hagen - and dumps the animal by the side of the road. Hagen then begins his incredible journey, searching for his owner and finding both kindness and cruelty along the way, giving rise to some scenes of violence and dog fighting that are hard to watch. At the same time, a determined Lili sets out on her own rebellious path. Although it works as an allegory about oppression and the underdog, this is ultimately a tale of two misfits searching for love and acceptance. It's a unique film that proves that working with children and (lots of) animals, can be a risk well worth taking.

Summary

Teenager Lili is devastated when her father chooses to abandon her beloved dog Hagen on the streets, rather than pay a new tax on non-pedigree canines. She sets out to find her pet, while Hagen embarks on an adventure of his own that sees him joining forces with a pack of fellow crossbreeds. Hungarian drama, starring Zsofia Psotta and Sandor Zsoter.

Cast & Crew

Lili Zsofia Psotta
Daniel Sandor Zsoter
Old man Szabolcs Thuroczy
Bev Lili Monori
Music teacher Laszlo Galffi
Elza Lili Horvath
Director Kornel Mundruczo
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Other Information

Language: Hungarian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Feb 2015
Drama