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White God (2014)

Fehér isten (original title)
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Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.

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Kornél Mundruczó

Writers:

Kornél Mundruczó (screenplay), Viktória Petrányi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
8 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Zsófia Psotta ... Lili
Sándor Zsótér ... Dániel
Lili Horvát Lili Horvát ... Elza (as Lili Horváth)
Szabolcs Thuróczy Szabolcs Thuróczy ... Old man
Lili Monori Lili Monori ... Bev
Gergely Bánki Gergely Bánki ... Dog-catcher
Tamás Polgár Tamás Polgár ... Dog-catcher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Károly Ascher Károly Ascher ... Péter
Erika Bodnár Erika Bodnár ... Neighbour
Body ... Hagen
Bence Csepeli Bence Csepeli ... Diamond
János Derzsi ... Homeless
Ruby Ben Eli Ruby Ben Eli ... Dog Fight Manager
Csaba Faix Csaba Faix ... TV Presenter
Edit Frajt Edit Frajt ... Policewoman
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A cautionary tale between a superior species and its disgraced inferior - Favoring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the streets. Written by unknown

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The unwanted will have their day.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violent content including bloody images, and language | See all certifications »

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All dogs that were used in the film (other than the two trained actor dogs that played Hagen) had been from local shelters and went through training for the film. 280 canines were used (according to the producer). By the end of the film, because the dogs were all over the streets with individual trainers all the time during filming, they all found homes. See more »

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Lili: You're the one who teach us to lie or to play the trumpet?
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[Opening tittle card] "Everything terrible is something that needs our love." -Rainer Maria Rilke See more »

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A great concept that can't escape indie amateurishness
5 July 2016 | by MaxineCaulfieldSee all my reviews

White God received great praise at Cannes in 2014, an indie film from my own country, Hungary. Naturally, I was excited so see it. Unfortunately, it failed to become anything other than forgettable, in my mind.

While not a bad movie, the main problem is the little but numerous issues that drag the whole movie down. But positives first: -The film has a great opening sequence. -Despite lacking acting at times, the characters actually have character. -Some great musical cues. -A few select, genuinely well done performances. -A technically impressive finale, that broke some world records I won't spoil here. -A solid, well done message. -Pretty good pacing throughout.

All sounds great so far, right? Unfortunately, the movie struggles to keep a positive momentum for long, as numerous issues hinder it: -The main character often underacted scenes, completely ruining them. Child actors are infamous in movies, and for good reason, and this one, even if she is above average, does not escape being a bad actor in certain moments. -Some of the action scenes feel completely out of place, and to top it all off, have lacking camera-work. I'm talking about the shaky, quick- cut type of film-making that is sadly all too common these days. -Some stylistic choices regarding the audio mixing feel completely pointless, made only to increase the film's "artsy" factor. -Despite praising the finale's technical proudness, the things happening on-screen are indeed ridiculous and unrealistic. This wouldn't be a problem, if the script had any self-awareness. It doesn't. -Some scenes are completely devoid of logic. one spoiler-free example is when out main character convinces her father to go to work, and he immediately leaves the apartment and takes off to work, without changing clothes or any preparations. - A horribly executed club scene, that has the characters talking at silent room levels, but still able to hear each other clearly despite being in a supposedly loud bar. It's stuff like this that solidifies this as an amateur project. -Many more mistakes that I won't mention because I respect your time, dear reader.

In closing, this is not a bad movie, and like with all movies, I urge you to see it and make your own opinions on it. I, however, expected a lot more. This one gets a 6/10.


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Hungary | Germany | Sweden

Language:

Hungarian | English

Release Date:

12 June 2014 (Hungary) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

HUF700,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,139, 29 March 2015

Gross USA:

$282,358

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$581,904
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