White God (2015 Sundance)

10 Feb

It’s a dog-eat-dog world.

Set in inner-city Budapest, White God tells the story of Lili (Zsofia Psotta) trying to reunite with her lovable dog Hagen after he is cruelly abandoned and left for the local pound. It’s a familiar set up that has been done a zillion times before, but never quite like this.  You get bits of a coming-of-age story, family drama, black comedy, and even apocalyptic horror mixed in. On paper, this film would spell disaster, but somehow it all works and adds up to an emotionally draining but immensely satisfying experience.

The film opens with a surreal sequence featuring Lili pedaling downtown being chased by hundreds of stray dogs. Avoiding any hint of CGI and instead relying on real animals, director Kornel Mundruczo shot on set with literally hundreds dogs and the result is absolutely incredible. I can only imagine what sort of logistical nightmare the film set must have been, and it’s a cinematic miracle that any usable footage was collected at all. By expertly blending various tonal shifts, Mundruczo commands the action in every continuing scene. Though the film swaps perspectives after the first act, we get an incredible sense of Lili’s and Hagen’s emotional states through the clever camerawork and production design. Weather alongside Lili at a club or following Hagen into an abandoned construction site, the audience is completely captivated.

Later on, the film gets a bit lengthy and White God would be better served with a quick edit. Patience pays off however during the film’s last act, where Hagen returns to the action as a blood-thirsty killer seeking vengeance. It’s here where the film really picks things up, and the audience is treated with a greatly entertaining and horrific finish.

Bottom Line: While it’s certainly not for everyone (kids and animal lovers might be best suited elsewhere) White God is an incredibly engaging viewing experience with the best canine cast to ever be featured in cinema.

Rating 7/10 

Similar to: The Birds (1963), Let The Right One In (2008), The Kid With A Bike (2011) 

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One Response to “White God (2015 Sundance)”

  1. Steve Finnell February 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY, A FALSE ASSUMPTION BY STEVE FINNELL

    The assumption of the Virgin Mary according to the Catholic church is that Mary was bodily taken to heaven after her death.

    Why would anyone assume something that is contrary to Scripture? Why take for granted a fact that is demonstrably false?

    John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven , but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.(NASB)

    The Virgin Mary has not made the trip to heaven.

    Acts 2:34 For it was not David who ascended into heaven… (NASB)

    Davids body is still in the grave and so is the body of the Virgin Mary.

    1 Corinthians 15:50-53 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable…..(NASB)

    Mary’s flesh cannot nor has it inherited the kingdom of God.

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-17…..16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first….(NASB)

    Christians will be bodily resurrected from the grave when Jesus returns, until then then they will remain in the grave as will the Virgin Mary.

    1 Corinthians 15:20-23 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming,(NASB)

    There will be no bodily resurrections of the dead until Jesus returns. The Virgin Mary was not granted a special resurrection from the grave.

    NOTE: Today, the belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is universal in the East and in the West; according to Benedict XIV(Defestis B.V.M viii, 18) it is a probable opinion, which to deny were impious and blasphemous.(Ref. Catholic Encyclopedia:Assumption of Mary)

    Would it be blasphemous to reject an opinion or blasphemous to reject the written word of God?

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