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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:
Bittersweet Charmer See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Mitt liv som hund" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Color:
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:
Continuity: Ingemar's dog is referred to repeatedly as a female despite being visibly male.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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Movie Connections:
Version of "My Life as a Dog" (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Far, jag kan inte få upp min kokosnötSee more »

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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Bittersweet Charmer, 6 December 2000
Author: Matthew Ignoffo (mermatt@webtv.net) from Eatontown, NJ, USA

This odd little film relates the story of Ingemar, a boy who learns about life, death, loss, and practically everything else. The boy is a charming little fellow, and all the odd people he meets are also charming in their own ways.

Because his mother is dying and his father is off in some other part of the world, he and his brother are split up. Ingemar goes to live with relatives in another town. There he must learn the meaning of the strange things that happen in life. He develops a simple but profound philosophy: no matter what happens to him, "It could have been worse." He even has to deal with the thought that he was not wanted by his parents. He distances himself from the pain in his life by comparing his predicaments to things he has heard about in the great, strange world beyond the little town where he lives.

This is an amusing, quaint film that shows us that life goes on no matter how difficult and hurtful it seems. Not only that, we can smile like the little boy in the face of all adversity.

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