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If you haven't yet heard about Kornel Mundruczo’s latest film White God, then it would behoove you to get yourself to a theater (the film releases today) and see it. It's getting absolutely rave reviews from critics who have been impressed across the board by the powerful story and beautiful cinematography.

Magnolia Pictures has given us the alternative poster to debut today, and it, like the movie, is beautiful.

Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures

I like the feeling of action and motion the image conveys. Normally, a blurry picture caught mid-movement would be distracting, but in this case, it works.

And the official synopsis:

Winner of the Prize Un Certain Regard Award at this year’s Cannes Festival, Kornel Mundruczo’s newest film is a story of the indignities visited upon animals by their supposed “human superiors,” but it’s also a brutal, beautiful metaphor for the political and cultural tensions sweeping contemporary Europe.
When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog, Hagen, because its mixed-breed heritage is deemed 'unfit' by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back toward each other. Soon, all the unwanted, unloved, and so-called 'unfit' dogs rise up under their new leader, Hagen, the one-time housepet who has learned all too well from his 'Masters' in his journey through the streets and animal control centers how to bite the hands that beat him…

Here's the trailer, which gives you a sense of that growing tension:

Since stories about human triumph and struggle, and stories about animals always tend to get us right in the center of our hearts, I fully expect a film about the latter that is an allegory for the first to require more than few tissues upon viewing. This is shaping up to be one of those films that leaves you quiet when leaving the theater, too profoundly moved to ruin it by breaking the silence.

White God opens in theaters today.


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