My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund) (1987)
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as Ingemar's Mother
as Uncle Gunnar
as Aunt Ulla
as Farbor Sandberg
as Fru Sandberg
as Mr. Arvidsson
as Mrs. Arvidsson
as Manne's Grandfather
as Glassworks Master
as Lilla Grodan
as Woman in Laundry
Critic Reviews for My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund)
A series of emotionally wrenching moments that made My Life as a Dog a transatlantic hit when it arrived in 1985.
My Life as a Dog succeeds on an intimate, human scale that is entirely appropriate for a story covering about a year in the life of a pretty ordinary boy in a pretty ordinary place.
Audience Reviews for My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund)
Cast off by his ailing mother, a boy comes of age. Reminiscent of the masterful 400 Blows, this Swedish coming-of-age drama is remarkably compelling. The conflicts between Ingemar and his brother, Ingemar and his peers, and Ingemar and the fate that leaves him feeling unwanted and unloved walk the fine line between accessible and subtle. These plots work on every level, but what is more is Lasse Hallstrom's direction. Visual metaphors like the cart stuck in the middle of the road and the children covered in shit but innocently laughing at the ride convey the film's bittersweet mood and advance the theme. And what is this theme? That life is filled with unanswerable questions and misfortune, but sometimes we can still enjoy the ride. I thought the exposition lasted longer than it should, and it took the film a long time to get Ingemar into any compelling conflict. Overall, this is a very strong art film and another example of how great Swedish cinema, the home of Bergman, is.
Childhood is the happiest time of our lives simply because we still ignore what is wrong with the world and the people living in it. This film shows the moment when a kid begins to suffer at being beaten by tragedy (the loss of his mother and his dog) and disorientation (sexuality), but realizes is the time of shaping his own identity and character to endure.
Well, you definitely don't see these types of films coming out of American filmmakers, probably because in America, you couldn't likely get away with some of the things they get away with in this film. The repetition of the initial scene throughout the movie gets a little repetitive, but other than that, excellent acting, a believable plot, and like I said, something you just wouldn't see in America (unless you rented the DVD).
My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund) Quotes
|Ingemar Johansson:||It's strange how I can't stop thinking about Laika. People shouldn't think so much. "Time heals all wounds," Mrs. Arvidsson says. Mrs. Arvidsson says some wise things. You have to try to forget.|
|Ingemar Johansson:||It's strange how I can't stop thinking about Laika. People shouldn't think so much. 'Time heals all wounds,' Mrs. Arvidsson says. Mrs. Arvidsson says some wise things. You have to try to forget.|
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