Despite the scary title, this film is brilliant in every way, it tells an intricate story about a noble young girl who has been dumped into her father’s care while her mother is away on business, the trumpet playing princess is very attached to her mixed breed dog, Hagen. The pair are inseparable which is made difficult during a massive round up of stray dogs and a bitch of a neighbor who makes a false claim against the dog. The film separate and while Hagen is left on the highway and strives to survive in a dangerous environment with the help of a fellow dog who he bonds with, his owner Lili has her own problems and adventures to embark on, dealing with her missing dog, bonding with her estranged father and discovering boys and clubbing.
I really enjoyed the film, it has a lot of layers, with rising notes of coming of age, there are many subconscious links with immigration and slavery (that’s what I picked up), animal rights and modern families. Lili is such a strong and powerful girl, with her love can conquer all approach, the film slightly takes her perspective as she travels through the unknown.The filmmakers utilized the acting talents of 274 dogs from various shelters.
There are so many bizarre elements in this film, the father works in a slaughter house, the daughter is this comic style heroine, who’s so distinctive on her bike, with a blue hoody and a trumpet. Many of the scenes are poetic not coming from the script but purely from the moods and ambiance.. Generally the film is muted but still manages to convey massive waves of emotion.
The film has been likened to The Birds (1963), and ultimately it is, the story is about Hagen meeting up with a network of stray dogs, after being abused by some shady characters in the Hungarian underworld start an uprising. It’s something that is beautiful in terms of the oppressed rising up, but on the flip side it will agitate anyone with Cynophobia, but then I suppose Cujo (1981) did more damage in the 80’s.
Full review to follow soon…..