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Blu-Ray Review: Lasse Hallström’s Marvelous, Bittersweet ‘My Life as a Dog’

22 September 2011 5:25 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Neither flat-out depressing nor mawkishly sentimentalized, Lasse Hallström’s 1985 Swedish classic, “My Life as a Dog,” avoids all the mistakes routinely committed by filmmakers working within the coming-of-age genre. It doesn’t view events through a treacly nostalgic haze and doesn’t condescend to its characters as if they were all quirky eccentrics ripe for satirizing.

The world as seen through the eyes of twelve-year-old Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius) feels so achingly real that it might cause some viewers to wince out of recognition. His lack of coordination and tireless energy cause him to create a great deal of trouble, particularly when goaded by his older brother. The household’s escalating stress proves to take a toll on Ingemar’s ailing mother (Anki Lidén), whose maternal instincts have vanished along with her health.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

It’s not long before the boys are split up and sent to live with relatives, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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