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Fehér isten (2014)

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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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Lili
Sándor Zsótér ...
Dániel
Lili Horváth ...
Elza
Szabolcs Thuróczy ...
Old man
Lili Monori ...
Bev
Gergely Bánki ...
Dog-catcher
Tamás Polgár ...
Dog-catcher
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Károly Ascher ...
Péter
Tsogbaatar Batzorig ...
Dealer
Erika Bodnár ...
Neighbour
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Hagen
Bence Csepeli ...
Diamond
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Homeless
Ruby Ben Eli ...
Dog Fight Manager
Csaba Faix ...
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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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12 June 2014 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

White God  »

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HUF 700,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,139 (USA) (27 March 2015)

Gross:

$280,494 (USA) (19 June 2015)
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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: I love you too.
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[Opening tittle card] "Everything terrible is something that needs our love." -Rainer Maria Rilke See more »

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Features The Cat Concerto (1947) See more »

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FANTASY1
Performed by Disgrace Orchestra
Written by Szemenyei János
2013
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Not your Mom's Lassie.
23 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Don't be afraid, they're just a bunch of dogs." Man at a club.

Well it's not the surrealistic Cujo with its rabid St. Bernard or the benign Benji. White Dog, rather, feels like a realistic horror film, at least till the closing when it does get surreal. Indeed, these mutts are not "just a bunch." They loosely represent the abused and subjugated underclass of the world, and you guessed it, they revolt like apes from that infamous planet or workers from Metropolis.

Until that fantasy ending, where the dogs are let loose to wreak havoc, the story is an effectively scary progression of the dog Max's descent into rabid madness through various masters, the last of whom teaches him how to kill for dog fights. Young Lili (Zsofia Psotta) befriends Max as a stray until she's forced to let him go—on to his bloody career. Lili's struggles to keep the dog put her in opposition to her father, Daniel (Sandor Zsoter),and most authoritarian situations like playing in an orchestra under a controlling maestro.

As the drama slowly exposes (think about Hitchcock's measured exposition in The Birds) the constant abuse stray dogs are accustomed to, it parallels Lili's battle with a clueless father and abusive dog catchers, who sometimes resemble Ghostbusters in their uniforms and bungling dog chases. In either case, dog or girl, adults are usually clueless about the suffering they inflict on their dogs and children.

Like the poor French of their Revolution, the downtrodden and dogs will have their day. Today's increasing gap between the rich and poor or the brutality of Mid-Eastern ISIS persecutions can serve as the objects of writer/director Kornal Mundruczo's figurative story. For those not interested in English-major deconstructions, White God (the title may be homage to Sam Fuller's White Dog) is a fine horror story about the voiceless downtrodden rising up against their oppressors.

No matter which side you're on, it's a disturbing tale, bloody and depressing, elevated to artistic worthiness by an uncanny fusion of the real and the surreal.


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