The White King (2017)



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Djata is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in a brutal dictatorship shut off from the outside world. When the government imprisons his father, Peter, and Djata and his mother Hannah are labeled traitors, the boy will not rest until he sees his father again.

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (1)

Intriguing but ultimately underwhelming.

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…

The only elements of The White King that prevent it from being an unmitigated failure are a striking visual aesthetic and solid production values. However, these do not prevent Alex Helfrecht and Jorg Tittel's venture being one to miss.

Dec 28, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The White King is an impressive feature debut...

Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The White King is a bold and brave piece of filmmaking that embraces film as an incomplete form. The ideas are presented in such a way that they require the engagement of the audience.

Mar 30, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The story exudes natural confidence in its execution of that tension. It knows exactly when to pull you in and push you back.

Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The makers have clearly thought about what a future reversion to twentieth century-style tyranny would look like, and the design, anthems and details all ring true.

Jan 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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We see a new world order that brings its society back to the soil, damning technology, applauding the simple life. This totalitarian world parallels Hitler's pride, where the community stands for hours in grocery lines, eat bread and watered soup if they don't have connections with the higher ups, and wear their only 2 or 3 outfits if they haven't contributed to the recent revolution. Twelve-year-old Djata, who tells the story, gets a glimpse of a technically advanced wealthy world full of crowded highways and gleaming skyscrapers, where food and wealth are in abundance. I find it interesting where the technical world is put in a higher light. What a switch!

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