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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Artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her husband, mother, beloved dog and subjects such as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings.

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Critic Reviews for Heart of a Dog

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

    Jan 10, 2017 | 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

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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.

    Jan 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.

    Dec 4, 2015
  • Alternately abstract and literal, the film works best when what we see on screen doesn't align with what we're hearing.

    Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heart of a Dog

  • Oct 04, 2016
    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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