Heart of a Dog

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Of a piece with much of director Laurie Anderson's idiosyncratic output, Heart of a Dog delves into weighty themes with lyrical, haunting grace.

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Musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother and her beloved dog.

Cast & Crew

Jason Berg
Veterinarian
Paul Davidson
Farmer
Laurie Anderson
Narrator
Sasha Grossman
Nurse
Narrator
Gatto
Rat Terrier
Narrator
Bob Currie
Doctor
Narrator
Heung-Heung Chin
Dog Walker
Narrator
Laurie Anderson
Director
Laurie Anderson
Writer
Laurie Anderson
Producer
Laurie Anderson
Cinematographer
Toshiaki Ozawa
Cinematographer
Joshua Zucker Pluda
Cinematographer
Melody London
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Laurie Anderson
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Critic Reviews for Heart of a Dog

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (4)

  • The film is often notable for Anderson's honesty.

    January 10, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Nothing if not original, this is almost certainly the only movie about a terrier that cites the writing of Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard, the painting of Goya and the wisdom of Jewish grandmothers.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's less like a lecture than a waking dream, perhaps even a form of hypnosis.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Guardian
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  • Language becomes the great unifier in Heart of a Dog. Anderson's nimble words cascade together, gathering momentum and meaning through jarring edits and clashes of imagery.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an odd, wandering trip, but Anderson's personal touch makes it work.

    January 22, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Heart of a Dog is a unique, indescribable beast, Anderson narrating over a collage of 8mm home video, iPhone footage, canine-level camera, and animation. If it sometimes wanders a little far afield, it snaps back quickly with some sharp observations.

    December 4, 2015 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 04, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2015
    Beautiful stream of dream like film making brings forward a fascinating look at one woman's life and remembers the dog who was at her side.
    John B Super Reviewer

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