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White God | 2015 | R | - 1.7.7

A teenage girl (Zsófia Psotta) left in the care of her estranged father (Sándor Zsótér) is distraught when he leaves her dog on the street to survive as a stray. Unwilling to believe that she will not see her dog again, she searches the shelters and unfriendly streets trying to find it, not knowing the nightmare it is having to endure. Also with Lili Horváth, Szabolcs Thuróczy and Lili Monori. Directed by Kornél Mundruczó. In Hungarian with English subtitles. [2:01]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - We see a photograph of a woman wearing a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A young teen girl wears a white tank top in several scenes that shows the outline of her breasts. Young women wear short skirts and low-cut tops at a party where they dance with young men. A young teenage girl changes her clothes and puts un shorts and a tank top to sleep in (we see her bare back and shoulders).
 A teenage boy takes a young teen girl to a party and holds her hand as they walk through the crowd before leaving her for another teen girl.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A dog is dragged out of a cage at a dog shelter by a man; the man takes the dog to a holding area and the dog gets away, the man whips a leash at the dog and the dog lunges at him biting a chunk out of his neck (we see the man presumably dead man on the ground with a bloody neck wound and the dog's face and mouth are blood-stained). Several dogs attack a man and bite his arms, and pull at opposite directions as he screams and struggles. A dog stares down a woman and charges toward her followed by many other dogs: the woman is knocked to the ground and lies motionless. Many dogs attack a man and we see blood splatter on a shop window (we do not see the man). A young teen girl finds a dead man on the floor and we see bloody bite marks on his face, chest and leg. A young teen girl walks through her apartment and finds a woman dead in the bathtub with large bloody bite marks on her back.
 Many armed police prepare as dogs charge toward them; the police open fire and we see many dogs being struck (they fall and some have blood on their wounds). A dog is shot in the street twice; we see the bloody wound as the dog writhes on the ground and it is shot a second time (we do not see the second shot). Many more dogs are shot at another police blockade. Many dogs run through streets and people run screaming; one dog is seen thrashing a woman's purse and others knock people down as they run by, causing cars to crash together.
 A man chains a dog to a pipe on the ceiling and proceeds to beat the animal with a metal bar; we hear the dog crying and whimpering. A dog is tethered to a treadmill and forced to run for extended periods of time while a man lashes it with a belt. A man injects a dog with steroids and the dog panics and rubs its face on the ground before falling unconscious. A man files a dog's canine teeth to a point. A man chains a dog in a yard and swings a piece of raw meat on a hook in the air; the dog jumps and catches the meat and the man tugs on the rope repeatedly.
 Two dogs in a ring are held by two men and the dogs bark and struggle to get away; the dogs charge each other and fight with bites and snarling and barking (we see blood on one dog's mouth and one bites the other's neck and we see it lying on the ground bloody) as the fight is called by an official. We see a blood-covered dog in a ring after a fight with another dog. A dog eating meat is provoked by a man wearing a mask and snarling. A man raises a butcher knife toward a stray dog until another dog bites the man's leg and the two dogs get away. We see photographs of dog fights and the aftermath with dogs covered with blood. A dog in a cage in a dog shelter lunges at a woman putting her hand through the fence to touch it (she says the dog bit her).
 Animal control trucks surround an area where many stray dogs are gathered and several men with sticks and collars catch many of the dogs, placing them in cages on the trucks (we hear barking and yelping from the dogs). Animal control trucks surround two dogs, catch them and we see them with many other dogs being checked into a dog shelter. A dog, running from animal control, charges through an apartment and across a bed where a woman is sleeping (she is startled but unharmed). A dog, running from animal control is nearly run down by a car. A dog, running from animal control is grabbed by a homeless man and he hides the dog under a blanket; the man later ties a rope around the dog's neck and it whimpers. A man sells a dog in exchange for a plate of food. Many stray dogs are gathered around a small body of water and they run around, drink from the water and we see one dog urinate in the water. A dog tries to cross many lanes of car traffic and eventually manages to get to safely.
 A dog snarls at a young teen girl and she runs; many dogs chase her, she stops and faces the dogs and a man with a flame thrower tells her to step away; she does not, but the dogs do not attack. A young teenage girl rides her bike along empty streets and across a bridge where she passes an abandoned car; she hears barking from behind her and sees a large number of dogs charging toward her; this scene replays a few times and one time we see the girl fall off her bike and skin her knee (we see blood); the dogs do not harm her.
 Blood drips in a pool on the floor of what we assume is a meat packing plant where a cow carcass hangs while being skinned; we see its abdomen cut open and it releases all of its intestines and then sawn in half as a man cuts open an organ to examine it and declares it fit for consumption. Several dogs gather and pick at scraps outside a butcher shop until the owner chases them away. A dog finds a dead animal and paws at it, sniffs it, and then leaves it.
 A man driving a car with his daughter and her dog, stops abruptly, yells at the girl and puts the dog out on the side of the road before driving away; the girl yells and calls for her dog, and the dog runs after the car but eventually cannot keep up. A man yells at his daughter and drags her dog to the bathroom where it is locked for the night; we hear the dog crying and whimpering until the girl plays her trumpet for it and she sleeps in the bathtub. A girl puts her dog in a closet in a band practice room and it begins to bark, breaks open the door and charges around the room; the instructor yells at the girl and she leaves angrily. A man yells at his daughter and they argue bitterly over her dog. A young teen girl yells at a woman at an animal shelter and says, "You killed him," referring to her dog. Several men argue and shove each other after a dog runs away from them. A woman in a shelter threatens a dog after it bites another woman's hand. A young teen girl wakes up to a police dog licking her face and she is arrested after they find drugs in her pocket.
 A man is shown with a blood stain on his shirt after working at a meat packing plant and he tries to wash the blood out to no effect. A young teen girl vomits in a sink after seeing a dead man (we hear gagging and spitting and we see goo in the sink). A man urinates and we hear the trickle and flush.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 21 F-words and its derivatives, 6 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (dirty pig, stinking mutt, jerk, idiot, fleabag, little monsters, dumb, beast), exclamations (shut-up), 2 religious profanities (GD), 1 religious exclamation (God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man gives a dog two pills and the dog falls asleep, a man injects a dog with steroids and the dog panics and rubs its face on the ground before falling unconscious, a teen boy tells a young teen girl that he will take her to a party if she hides a packet of drugs and a bottle of alcohol, and a young teen girl wakes up to a police dog licking her face and she is arrested after they find drugs in her pocket. Teenagers drink alcohol in a bar, many people are shown drinking alcohol at a crowded party, and a young teen girl drinks alcohol from a bottle and she is seen inebriated later (she falls asleep on the floor). Two teenagers are shown smoking cigarettes outside a bar and a young teen asks for a drag (she is denied), a teen boy tells a young teen to never get addicted to smoking, a man smokes cigarettes in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Stray dogs, maltreatment of animals, animal shelters, euthanasia, divorce, mix-breeds vs. pure breeds.

MESSAGE - Dogs deserve to be treated kindly.

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