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White God

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó

Hungary, 2014

Cornerhouse, 1 March 2015

Lili, along with her gentle dog Hagen, is sent to live with her father while her mother and new partner go gallivanting off to Australia for a few months.

Then her father gets rid of the dog – it’s an impure breed – and the two are separated.  Thereby an intriguing film gets rolling: we see how the life of a teenage daughter of divorced parents in a post-Soviet country and a scavenging street dog (as Hagen becomes) follow parallel paths.

After a lot of shilly-shallying, the odd dollop of canine and human bonding, and an escalating horror (the dogs become upset at how they’re being treated, which is understandable), there’s a quietus ending outside a slaughterhouse.

An excellent film, White God easily has enough about it to sustain a second or third viewing.  It’s kind of like The Lives of Others only with killer dogs.

And Budapest looks well worth a visit.

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