White Dog

Chien blanc

Canada 2022
In French and English, subtitles in English
96 min
Suitable for audiences aged 16 and above
Director: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
Screenplay: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Valerie Beaugrand-Champagne
Cast: Denis Ménochet, Kacey Rohl, K.C. Collins
Production: Go Films
Print Source: Orange Studio

Based on Romain Gary's autobiographical novel, the events of White Dog focus on the United States of the 1960s. Martin Luther King has been assassinated and structural racism is flourishing. Gary and his wife, movie actress and human rights activist Jean Seberg, adopt a stray dog. At first, the dog behaves very well, but soon gets revealed that it has been trained specifically to chase and kill black people by its previous owners. Seberg wants to kill the dog, but Gary disagrees. Not every racist can be killed, so why should a dog be? He takes the rabid animal to Keys, a professional black dog trainer, who has been familiar with "white dogs" since the days of slavery. The relationship between Seberg and Gary begins to crack, because Gary considers Seberg's human rights activism hypocritical. In 1982, Samuel Fuller directed his own, tearing interpretation of the subject.

Anne Miettinen