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Djata is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in a brutal dictatorship shut off from the outside world. When the government imprisons his father, Peter, and Djata and his mother Hannah are labeled traitors, the boy will not rest until he sees his father again. Written by
The film is based on György Dragomán's multiple award winning novel, but the story has been transposed to fictitious near-future dictatorship. Dragomán said this about the film: "In my original novel I wanted to show freedom in a society where freedom should not exist. In their movie Alex and Jörg were brave enough to take my communist childhood tale and adapt it into a modern story, showing us that the threat to freedom is as eternal as our fight for it." See more »
The White King is dark, surreal yet very real at the same time. A dystopian fantasy where there's no uprising, no large scale rebellion to overthrow the evil despot. As such it is a refreshing and unique film but if you are looking for another Hunger Games probably best to go elsewhere.
There's strong performances from a quality cast but special mention must go to newcomer Lorenzo Allchurch (Djata) who is in every frame and carries the film with a multi-layered and moving performance.
Some scenes may seem a little disjointed and unresolved but you can see how everything that is happening has an effect on Djata and lead to a powerful and deeply affecting ending.
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