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My Life as a Dog (1985)
"Mitt liv som hund" (original title)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  24 March 1987 (USA)
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A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tomas von Brömssen ...
morbror Gunnar
Anki Lidén ...
Ingemars mamma (as Anki Liden)
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Saga
Kicki Rundgren ...
moster Ulla
Lennart Hjulström ...
konstnären
Ing-Marie Carlsson ...
Berit
Leif Ericson ...
farbror Sandberg (as Leif Ericsson)
Christina Carlwind ...
Fru sandberg
Ralph Carlsson ...
Harry
Viveca Dahlén ...
tvättande kvinna
Arnold Alfredsson ...
Mannes farfar (as Arnold Alfredson)
Fritz Elofsson ...
Mäster
Didrik Gustafsson ...
Arvidsson, dying old man befriended by Ingmar (as Didrik Gustavsson)
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Manne, the boy with green hair
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Storyline

Ingemar lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother. He may have a rough time, but not as bad as Laika - the russian dog sent into space... He gets sent away to stay with relations for the summer. While there, he meets various strange characters, giving him experiences that will affect him for the rest of his life. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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boy | dog | prank | old man | friend | See more »

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Det kunde ha varit värre. Jag har faktiskt haft tur. Om man jämför...

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Drama | Comedy

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Release Date:

24 March 1987 (USA)  »

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My Life as a Dog  »

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$8,345,266 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Somehow the two brothers have completly different accents. Ingemar speaks Swedish with a Göteborg-accent, while his brother Erik speaks a strong Stockholm dialect. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ingemar: I should have told her everything. Mom loved stories like that. It's not so bad if you think about it. It could have been worse. Just think how that poor guy ended up who got a new kidney in Boston. He got his name in all the papers, but he died just the same. And what about Laika, the space dog? They put her in the Sputnik and sent her into space. They attached wires to her heart and brain to see how she felt. I don't think she felt to good. She spun around up there for five ...
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Far, jag kan inte få upp min kokosnöt
(original song title "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts")
Written by Fred Heatherton (joint pseudonym of Elton Box, Desmond Cox and Irwin Dash)
Lyrics by Povel Ramel
Performed by Povel Ramel
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An absolute delight
19 May 2001 | by (new york city) – See all my reviews

My Life As A Dog, now this is a total delight. The film follows the life of Ingemar in his 12th year as he has to cope with the slow death of his mother. The film takes place in 1959 in Sweden, and is just right in its atmosphere. Hallestrom works wonders with Anton Glanzelius as Ingemar, and he gives a marvelous performance that is truly touching and real. When his mother can no longer care for him and his older brother, Ingemar is sent off to his Uncle who lives in a small town in which it seems that all the residents work at the glass factory, and he soon becomes part of the town's fabric. His adventures are many,and includes his learning to box from the town tomboy who worries about her budding breasts, the chaperoning of the lovely town beauty as she poses nude for a sculptor, and his reading of a lingerie catalog to a dying old man. The film has been accused at least by someone on this list as being pornographic and prurient which is idiotic and stupid. This is a film about childhood and like most childhoods the film includes several scenes about children's growing awareness and curiosity about sex and their bodies and presents it in a real and sensitive way. A word of warning about the DVD transfer of the film. It stinks. Not only is it not letterboxed, but is full of flaws and looks no better than a video, but it is subtitled, and is still a joy to watch. One of the ten best films I saw in 1985.


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