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922 Ratings

White God

Fehér isten

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó
Hungary, Germany, 2014
Drama, Thriller


Favoring pedigree dogs, a new law puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. Lili, 13, fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually dumps the dog. Hagen joins a gang of stray dogs, but is soon captured and sent to the pound.

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White God Directed by Kornél Mundruczó
After making a few little-seen, little-appreciated art films (including “Delta” and “Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project”), Hungarian auteur Kornel Mundruczo delivered a work of hard-hitting provocation and startling violence that suggested we may have a new (ahem) Peckinpaw on our hands.
July 02, 2015
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Immediately after seeing Kornél Mundruczó’s Budapest-set canine rebellion picture White God, I thought that I had merely seen a bad movie, though in the days afterwards it occurred to me that perhaps a sly political metaphor was at work in the film, and my opinion began to shift. To wit, I am now convinced that it is an utter and complete piece of irredeemable, self-important feculence.
March 27, 2015
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Although the simple plot is articulated with great clarity, this is mainly a film of moments. And what moments! Mundruczó’s and his cinematographer Marcell Rev shoot Lili and Hagen’s story with a documentary-like immediacy, following much of the action with a handheld widescreen camera that’s often placed at ground level, the better to show harsh urban landscapes through a dog’s eyes.
March 27, 2015
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