White God (Fehér isten) review – canine carnage 4 / 5 stars – Pathos, insight and political allegory light up a dark drama of feral fighting dogs in Budapest TheGuardian


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White God (Fehér isten) review – canine carnage 4 / 5 stars

Pathos, insight and political allegory light up a dark drama of feral fighting dogs in Budapest
'Alarming': No dogs were harmed, promise the makers of White God.
‘Alarming’: No dogs were harmed, promise the makers of White God. Photograph: Allstar/Proton Cinema

The BBFC report on this tale of an underdog revolt in Budapest states that “there are assurances confirming that no dogs were actually harmed”. That’s good to know because the gripping drama features scenes of canine carnage as convincing and alarming as those in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros, for which plaudits are due to trainer/wranglers Árpád Halász and Teresa Ann Miller. But it also boasts pathos, insight and political allegory (there’s even a hint of Richard Adams about the narrative) as we follow a…

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