In ‘White God,’ dogs declare war on mankind

April 3, 2015 3:02 PM

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In ‘White God,’ dogs declare war on mankind

White God, the extraordinary horror-fantasy by Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó, starts off like a PG-rated adventure worthy of Disney. Lili (Zsófia Psotta) is forced by her boorish father to abandon her beloved mutt Hagen in the streets of Budapest because he’s unwilling to pay the steep tax the government has levied on owners of mixed-breed dogs.

For the first half of the film, we follow the frightened Hagen as he embarks on heart-stopping adventures, such as dodging speeding cars as he crosses a highway or dodging dog catchers’ nets. While 13-year-old Lili frets and worries and posts “Missing” fliers around her neighborhood, Hagen wanders a...

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