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Heart of a Dog (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1 March 2016 (USA)
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Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle.

Director:

Laurie Anderson

Writer:

Laurie Anderson
4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Laurie Anderson ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Archie Archie ... Rat Terrier
Jason Berg Jason Berg ... Veterinarian
Heung-Heung Chin Heung-Heung Chin ... Dog Walker
Bob Currie Bob Currie ... Doctor
Paul Davidson Paul Davidson ... Farmer
Dustin Guy Defa ... Gordon Matta-Clark (as Dustin Defa)
Etta Etta ... Poodle
Evelyn Fleder Evelyn Fleder ... Grandmother
Willy Friedman Willy Friedman ... Man Hit By Duck
Gatto Gatto ... Rat Terrier
Sasha Grossman Sasha Grossman ... Nurse
Kurt Gutenbrunner Kurt Gutenbrunner ... Chef
Charlie Hafitz Charlie Hafitz ... Patient on Gurney
Lucy Hafitz Lucy Hafitz ... Girl in Pool
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Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle.

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What do you see when you close your eyes?

Genres:

Documentary

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón de perro See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,893, 23 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$418,571, 27 March 2016
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

According to Laurie Anderson, the film was shot on her iPhone and other small digital devices. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Herself, narrator: I wanna tell you a story about a story, and it's about the time I discovered that most adults have no idea what they're talking about.
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Soundtracks

The Lake
and "Flow" from Homeland (2010)
Written and performed by Laurie Anderson
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
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A beautiful piece of poetry on film
26 December 2015 | by jen-lynxSee all my reviews

I am a Laurie Anderson fan. I have been since her album "Big Science" was released in 1982. I remember listening to "Walking and Falling" over and over on my SONY Walkman as I walked many paths and feeling like she really got it, whatever it was. I continued to follow her, through her release of "Home of the Brave" in 1986 and saw her perform live at the Zellerbach Hall in the 90s. Her marriage to Lou Reed seemed so perfect. So, when I heard she made a movie, I had to check it out. As I left the theater, I could only ask myself, "Why did it take so long?"

"Heart of a Dog" is a beautiful tribute to life, love, and the fleeting nature of time. It is everything you would expect from a Laurie Anderson movie and then some. It is not a documentary, it is a cinematic essay on loss and love and death and remembrance. It is poetry on film. Laurie Anderson is, in my mind, first and foremost a poet. She has been graced with an understanding of the power of language, not only in the actual chosen words, but in the cadence of their delivery. The influence of Burroughs is obvious. In "Heart of a Dog", she translates that poetry to imagery, mixing home movies, weird distorted images barely recognizable, to straight up film moments, it all comes together as the ultimate Laurie Anderson expression.

If you are not a fan, this may not be the film for you, or it may be a gateway into the mind of a creative genius. It is not so much a film as a stream of consciousness visual essay. If you are a fan, then make all haste to see this film. It is everything you can imagine a Laurie Anderson film to be.


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