Review: “White God.”

A significant percentage of audiences will avoid White God, the new Hungarian film by Kornél Mundruczó, because they have too much empathy for it. The phrase “dog revenge fantasy” describes the film in a crude way, although that only hints at its intensity. Before they enact their revenge, the dogs are put through several forms of cruelty. Pet-owners are not the only people who have trouble with on-screen animal suffering. Many of us project feeling and emotion onto our furry friends, so our imaginations go into overdrive when they feel pain. While White God is not an easy film, it also plays fair with the audience, so its allegorical climax is extraordinary.

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