Director: Kornél Mundruczó Run Time: 107 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 2014 Language: Hungarian with English Subtitles
Starring: Lili Horváth, Sándor Zsótér, Zsófia Psotta
The unwanted will have their day.
A seemingly harmless measure that aims to make dog-breeding more disciplined in Hungary kicks off a series of extraordinary events. Favoring pedigree and purebred dogs, the new regulation places a severe tax on those who own mixed breeds — so owners begin to dump their mongrels and shelters quickly become overcrowded.
This new set of laws has real consequences, especially for 13-year-old Lili (Zsófia Psotta), who’s already a pawn in her parent’s bitter divorce. Lili can’t understand why her dog, Hagen, is now somehow less than other dogs, nor can she comprehend why her father (Sándor Zsóstár) won’t simply pay the tax on her beloved companion. Instead, her father, in a fit of rage, abandons Hagen on the streets.