My Life As A Dog details
|Starring:||Tomas Von Bromssen, Anki Liden, Anton Glanzelius|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
My Life As A Dog
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 May 2001|
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One of my all time favourites...By ThomasKus (147 reviews) from Gloucester , 29 Dec 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]Before Lasse Hallstr?m went to Hollywood to make films like 'Cider House Rules', 'Chocolat' and 'The Shipping News' he made a number of Swedish films of which this 1985 children's is perhaps the best.
Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius) is a 12 year old boy living in 1959 Stockholm. He has to cope with the slow death of his mother from tuberculosis and a separation from his home and his beloved for the summer holidays. He stays with is his eccentric uncle in a small town where life centers around the glass factory and slowly learns to make friends with local people, especially Saga (Melinda Kinnaman).
This a coming of age movie with serious themes, careful character development and a story that is both moving, funny and melancholic at the same time and the refreshingly European style makes it more sincere and believable than any Hollywood adaptation ever could be.
Well, it's 18 years old, made it onto DVD and is still one of my favourites - what more can I say?
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Reasonable but borderline dullBy a customer from OXON , 13 Jan 2009Quite slow and leaves you with as many questions as answers but well acted and a reasonable storyline. Not one for the 'urgent' list but an enjoyable film overall.
Very SwedishBy a customer from Aberdeen , 04 Nov 2008Superb, beautiful story, wonderful characters. Don't worry about the slow beginning once the 'action' moves to the countryside the characters are so eccentric it'll keep you spellbound. Very Swedish and very good because of that!
recommendedBy a customer from London , 22 Sep 2008Strange, different, touching, funny, sad...
A very oblique view of life, sometimes uncomfortable, and at times we are as lost as the hero who is coming to terms with growing up and developing his own persona, Above a film that treats us as adults, and allows us to come to our own conclusions. Both my 13 and 10 year old children enjoyed it too.
Superb!By Steamcarrot (18 reviews) from East Yorkshire , 02 Jul 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis is an excellent coming-of-age drama from the acclaimed hand of Lasse Hallstrom. Full of charm, wit and sentimentality it hits the mark every time.
A young boy who's mother is dying is separated from his brother, and his dog, and sent to live with his uncle in a small rural village.
The village, populated, seemingly, entirely by eccentrics, take young Ingemar to their hearts and through the somewhat episodic framework of the film we journey a short time with Ingemar through his passage from naive child to the blossoming of a young man. A heartfelt flick that comes thoroughly recommended.
better on my ownBy a customer from Chesham , 25 Jun 2008I loved this thoughtful and gentle film when it first came out but tried watching it again with my family and they all found it too slow and downbeat. Maybe it is more a film for watching at the cinema where you have to give it the time and space to win you over. I also find it very easy to watch foreign language films and forget I am reading sub-titles but other people find it a bit of a struggle.