Friday, April 03, 2015
It’s dogs versus humans in the new film White God, which is a metaphor for the political and cultural tensions in present-day Europe. Lili’s (Zsófia Psotta) estranged father (Sándor Zsótér) refuses to pay the tax to keep her loving mixed-breed dog, Hagen, which is considered unfit by the state, due to its heritage. Rather than placing him in a shelter, where he will most likely be put to death, Lili chooses to let him roam the streets of Budapest, hoping to reunite with him very soon. As they try to make their way back to each other, they come across many hurdles that shapes them into who they must become to survive the bigotry brought on by society.
Stripped down to its core, White God is a film about love and acceptance. Lili accepts Hagen, despite his mixed breeding, but initially rejects her father, who himself feels like an outsider, due to his estranged relationship with his daughter and for feeling like a failure in his career, where once he was an esteemed professor but now makes a living working as a butcher. Although the film is Rated R due to some violence, there is a sense of peace felt throughout the film. The one to watch is newcomer Zsófia Psotta who shines beautifully as a young teen who is warm and loving but also headstrong and somewhat rebellious.
White God is a Magnolia Pictures foreign film (Hungarian) with English subtitles that is written and directed by Kornél Mundruczó. The film is currently playing in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, with a national rollout to follow.