White God

Mundruczo Kornel

Hungary, 2014

ACTIVITIES

GENERAL DISCUSSION

This is a wonderful movie functioning as a parable regarding separatism and Hungarian politics during Democratic rule. On the surface, however, lays an entertaining revenge flick on animal cruelty and a drama about the love felt by an animal towards its human owner “the White God”. The director uses a mish mash of genres to keep audience on its toes, while paying homage to everything from Fuller’s White Dog, to Hitchcock’s Birds. The best part of the film was that, where production hired hundreds of shelter dogs and spent months training them. After filming, the director and his crew made considerable effort to have every dog adopted. These dogs are some of
the best actors ever seen. This is a marvelous, yet challenging film.
Do you like dogs? Well, there are a lot of them. The story is sort of allegorical in that the dogs’ behavior, instilled in him by the masters, the White Gods, is turned against these gods. Dogs become like humans, capable of loyalty, devotion, but, also of hate, rage and killing.
There are bad parents, merchants, music conductors, animal control specialists, dog trainers. As for the dogs, although well-trained, they seemed too trained.
The storyline is simple. There is a girl, too independent for her age, roaming the streets at night searching for her lost dog. Once she finds her dog, she realizes it has changed for the worse. Can the dog be saved?

ACTIVITY 1

• What is the film about?
• Who are the film’s main characters? How are the characters depicted?
• Which are the film’s main themes, and how are they outlined?
• Where does the film take place? Why did the director choose this setting?
• How does the relationship bewteen Lili and her father change through-out the film?
• What is the meaning of learning music in the film?
• Who helps Lili in the film?
• What is the outcome of the film? What does it try to tell us about humans and animals?

ACTIVITY 2

CREATE YOUR STORYBOARD

Create your own storyboard inspired by the relationship of humans with animals.

ACTIVITY 3

WRITE A REVIEW

Did you like, or dislike the film and why?
Write a short review below.

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