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My Life as a Dog (1985)

Mitt liv som hund (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Comedy | 1 May 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.

Director:

Lasse Hallström
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Life as a Dog See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,345,266
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #178. See more »

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Modern cars are visible during the car journey from the hospital. 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 who got a new kidney in Boston ended up. 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 too good. She spun around up there for five ...
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Soundtracks

Buona sera
Music and Lyrics composed by Carl Sigman, Peter De Rose
Sung by Little Gerhard (aka Karl-Gerhard Lundkvist)
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Emotionally powerful film about childhood
14 February 2003 | by JazBrownSee all my reviews

This is an emotionally powerful (and sad) film about a boy coming to terms with the fact that his mother, who he loves dearly, is dying. It is also about being a child in a world where everyone older than you treats you with great condescension. Adults make decisions affecting his life without so much as asking for his opinion. No one talks about death, but it is in the back of his mind at all times. Everyone tries to hide what is really going on, as if "what you don't know won't hurt you", but the boy is hurting badly.

There are no car chases, shoot-outs, or space aliens in this film. This film is about real life, about growing up, and about children's sexuality. It is told wonderfully well, from a child's perspective.

A magnificent film.


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