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This Hungarian film directed by Kornel Mudruczo is not a feel-good about a gang of cute puppies: it is like nothing you've ever seen before. The New York Times described it as a "revenge fantasy." The film follows Lili, a 13-year-old girl, who has been left to stay with her estranged father while her mother goes away for work. Lili and her dog Hagen are soon split up when Lili's father decides that he cannot house a "mutt." A lot is made in this film about the distinction between pure-bred dogs and mixed-breed dogs. A metaphor? By the end, Hagen rallies a group of hundreds of mongrels to revolt against all of the human oppressors. Cujo comes to mind. And The Birds. But you can't help rooting for the dogs: they have been wronged. They have been beaten and tortured and abandoned. They have been injected with hormones and have had their teeth filed sharp. None of this is easy to watch, but it helps what follows to be absolutely just. We're reminded too often that humans aren't far from being the cruelest of the beasts.