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  • Summary: A seemingly harmless measure that aims to make dog-breeding more disciplined, gives impetus to a
    series of extraordinary events. Favoring pedigree dogs, the new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners begin to dump their mongrels and shelters quickly become overcrowded.
    13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen. The rule sounds senseless and cruel to her. She cannot accept her father’s arguments either, and she is devastated when he eventually sets Hagen free on the
    streets. Heartbroken, Lili hates her father for making her betray her furry friend. Still innocently believing that love can win over any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    May 26, 2014
    Not merely a story of interspecies hierarchy, then, White God also puts forward a simple but elegant metaphor for racial and class oppression, as the outcast (or even outcaste) masses, sidelined in favor of the elite few, band together to assert their collective strength.
  2. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 26, 2014
    Overall a triumphantly idiosyncratic film with smarts and visceral impact in equal measure.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 26, 2014
    White God works as an ambiguous satire of power relations generally: eventually the lower orders will rise up. The film has a flair and a bite which I have found lacking in Mundruczó's earlier films.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    May 26, 2014
    The premise of this Hungarian/German/Swedish co-production is solid, even if the execution feels a little slack and the running time too long.
  5. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 26, 2014
    As a social commentary, White God is unfortunately barking up the wrong tree.