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Release Date:
24 March 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Det kunde ha varit värre. Jag har faktiskt haft tur. Om man jämför...
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An absolute delight See more (55 total) »

Cast

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Anton Glanzelius ... Ingemar
Tomas von Brömssen ... morbror Gunnar
Anki Lidén ... Ingemars mamma (as Anki Liden)

Melinda Kinnaman ... 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)

Jan-Philip Hollström ... Manne, the boy with green hair
Vivi Johansson ... tant Arvidsson
Per Ottosson ... Tommy
Magnus Rask ... Fransson, crazy old man always fixing his roof
Tony Rex ... En pojke (as Tony Rix)
Manfred Serner ... Erik, Ingmar's brother
Johanna Udéhn ... Lilla Grodan
Susanna Wetterholm ... Karin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nils-Olof Baehrentz ... Host for gameshow 'Kvitt eller dubbelt' on TV (uncredited)
Olle Björklund ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)
Lennart Hyland ... Soccer referee on radio (archive footage) (uncredited)
Reidar Jönsson ... Lilla grodan's father (uncredited)
Folke Olhagen ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lasse Hallström 
 
Writing credits
Reidar Jönsson (novel)

Lasse Hallström  &
Reidar Jönsson  &
Brasse Brännström  &
Per Berglund 

Produced by
Waldemar Bergendahl .... producer
 
Original Music by
Björn Isfält 
 
Cinematography by
Jörgen Persson 
 
Film Editing by
Christer Furubrand 
Susanne Linnman 
 
Production Design by
Lasse Westfelt 
 
Set Decoration by
Tove Hellbom 
Pontus Lindblad 
 
Costume Design by
Susanne Falck 
Inger Pehrsson 
 
Makeup Department
Agneta Jalmo .... assistant makeup artist
Helena Olofsson-Carmback .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ann Collenberg .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anita Tesler .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Erik Höglund .... art
Jimmy McGann .... props
Rolf Persson .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Eddie Axberg .... sound
Göran Carmback .... sound
Berndt Frithiof .... sound mixer
Christjan Persson .... sound re-recordist
Willie Peterson-Berger .... sound re-recordist (as Wille Peterson-Berger)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ulf Björck .... electrician
Denise Grünstein .... still photographer
Olof Johnson .... assistant camera
Rolf Lindström .... assistant camera
Ragnar Waaranperä .... grip
 
Editorial Department
Sten Lindberg .... color timer
 
Other crew
Eva Bagge .... children caretaker
Anette Mandoki .... continuity clerk
Erik Spangenberg .... production assistant
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mitt liv som hund" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Color (Fujicolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Chile:14 | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | New Zealand:PG | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2002) | South Korea:12 (video rating) (1990) | South Korea:All (theatrical rating) (1989) | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | USA:Unrated | USA:PG-13 (original rating) (rating surrendered) | West Germany:6
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Goofs:
Factual errors: 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...
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Soundtrack:
Far, jag kan inte få upp min kokosnötSee more »

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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
An absolute delight, 19 May 2001
Author: irajoel (irajoel@aol.com) from new york city

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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