White God Reviews

  • Oct 03, 2019

    This movie distressed me a great deal, but it was also absolutely brilliant.

    This movie distressed me a great deal, but it was also absolutely brilliant.

  • Feb 23, 2019

    If you're a dog lover, this is going to be a tough watch -- I don't know how much is clever editing and how much is putting the dogs through some unnecessarily rough treatment for the sake of a film (I really hope it's more of the former) -- but the result certainly speaks for itself. 'White God' is unlike any other animal/dog film I've seen before, dark and brutal. It's fantastically filmed and directed by Kornel Mundruczo who manages to create a palpable atmosphere, elegantly cycling through a number of genres as it goes from drama to thriller and finally, adding some horror elements in the final act. He's, essentially, managed to create a revenge thriller with a dog as his main character instead of a human, and all without feeling like a lot had to sacrificed in the script to account for that fact. That can't have been an easy feat. Admittedly, I'm not entirely sure what the ultimate message is here -- is it an allegory? Is it to be taken literally? I don't know. Regardless, what's been achieved is a pretty impressive experience either way.

    If you're a dog lover, this is going to be a tough watch -- I don't know how much is clever editing and how much is putting the dogs through some unnecessarily rough treatment for the sake of a film (I really hope it's more of the former) -- but the result certainly speaks for itself. 'White God' is unlike any other animal/dog film I've seen before, dark and brutal. It's fantastically filmed and directed by Kornel Mundruczo who manages to create a palpable atmosphere, elegantly cycling through a number of genres as it goes from drama to thriller and finally, adding some horror elements in the final act. He's, essentially, managed to create a revenge thriller with a dog as his main character instead of a human, and all without feeling like a lot had to sacrificed in the script to account for that fact. That can't have been an easy feat. Admittedly, I'm not entirely sure what the ultimate message is here -- is it an allegory? Is it to be taken literally? I don't know. Regardless, what's been achieved is a pretty impressive experience either way.

  • Jan 16, 2019

    I cannot believe this, it's the 15th January and I've already seen possibly two of the worst films of my life. I do not care if this is supposed to be a parable, it's basically an X rated edition of 'Lassie'. This is woeful.

    I cannot believe this, it's the 15th January and I've already seen possibly two of the worst films of my life. I do not care if this is supposed to be a parable, it's basically an X rated edition of 'Lassie'. This is woeful.

  • Apr 21, 2018

    Harrowing and beautiful. The final scene took my breath away.

    Harrowing and beautiful. The final scene took my breath away.

  • Feb 16, 2018

    It's a pretty powerful film. Starts as a normal kid-and-dog drama, and ends up as a revenge-horror movie. I don't know if it would have worked out for me just as drama, and I am definitely sure it wouldn't have worked out as a horror, but the mix is done with the right doses so for me was very enjoyable. Plus, this work deserves 1/2 a star more because it helped a lot of furry friends to find a home. (shame that this initiative wasn't done with "Gremlins", by the way)

    It's a pretty powerful film. Starts as a normal kid-and-dog drama, and ends up as a revenge-horror movie. I don't know if it would have worked out for me just as drama, and I am definitely sure it wouldn't have worked out as a horror, but the mix is done with the right doses so for me was very enjoyable. Plus, this work deserves 1/2 a star more because it helped a lot of furry friends to find a home. (shame that this initiative wasn't done with "Gremlins", by the way)

  • Jan 05, 2018

    I thought I was going to see a Lassie Come Home type movie but this is a horror movie. Hated it.

    I thought I was going to see a Lassie Come Home type movie but this is a horror movie. Hated it.

  • Jul 08, 2017

    White God n'est pas un film nécessairement facile à regarder, surtout pour les amoureux des chiens (bien qu'il n'y a aucune violence subjective) mais l'interprétation de la jeune Zsófia Psotta, de même que celle des animaux rend le film vraiment intéressant. Certains messages sont également présent laissant place à l'interprétation du spectateur et bien qu'il n'auras probablement pas la même renommée que le classique "The Birds", on ne peut s'empêcher de le comparer à ce dernier (dans le bon sens du terme)

    White God n'est pas un film nécessairement facile à regarder, surtout pour les amoureux des chiens (bien qu'il n'y a aucune violence subjective) mais l'interprétation de la jeune Zsófia Psotta, de même que celle des animaux rend le film vraiment intéressant. Certains messages sont également présent laissant place à l'interprétation du spectateur et bien qu'il n'auras probablement pas la même renommée que le classique "The Birds", on ne peut s'empêcher de le comparer à ce dernier (dans le bon sens du terme)

  • May 01, 2017

    What started out resembling a family-oriented, away-from-home dog adventure story drastically turned into a rather gruesome cautionary tale of canine uprising. Not exactly Planet of the Apes apocalyptic, tho that's probably for the best. Amazing visuals; the fact that they directed and literally set free hundreds of dog instead of using any CGI makes it even better. No wonder the canine cast got a Palm Dog at Cannes.

    What started out resembling a family-oriented, away-from-home dog adventure story drastically turned into a rather gruesome cautionary tale of canine uprising. Not exactly Planet of the Apes apocalyptic, tho that's probably for the best. Amazing visuals; the fact that they directed and literally set free hundreds of dog instead of using any CGI makes it even better. No wonder the canine cast got a Palm Dog at Cannes.

  • Mar 20, 2017

    Strange and metaphoric with a climax that could be horrifying or comedic, depending on your relationship with dogs.

    Strange and metaphoric with a climax that could be horrifying or comedic, depending on your relationship with dogs.

  • Mar 20, 2017

    Either as a friendship story of a teenage girl and her dog or a parable on the rise of the canines on the despiteful humankind, this winner of Un Certain Regard Award at 2014 Cannes Film Festival is beautifully shot but lacks bite.

    Either as a friendship story of a teenage girl and her dog or a parable on the rise of the canines on the despiteful humankind, this winner of Un Certain Regard Award at 2014 Cannes Film Festival is beautifully shot but lacks bite.