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My Life as a Dog(Mitt liv som hund)

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Sweden · 1985
1h 41m
Director Lasse Hallström
Starring Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén, Melinda Kinnaman
Genre Comedy, Drama

When his mother falls ill, 12-year-old Ingemar is sent to live with his uncle and aunt in rural 1950s Sweden. Through the strength of his newfound and eccentric community, Ingemar is empowered to find adventure and solace through bittersweet circumstances in this poetic, coming-of-age masterpiece.

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TV Guide Magazine by

Not just another charming film about growing up, but an expertly directed tale that takes a small, simple subject and colors it with invention and inspiration.


Washington Post by Hal Hinson

The movie has some beautifully observed moments and a generous spirit, but in the end, it's undone by its own sweetness and charm....It's just not distinctive enough to sustain your interest. A lot of the movie is routine coming-of-age stuff.


Chicago Reader by Pat Graham

The film rarely strays from easy likability, with Hallstrom's spare, efficient styling creating a sense of chaste northern lyric (simultaneously warm and chilly: everyone wears coats in summer) familiar from early Bergman. More unassuming mongrel than pricey pedigree, but not a bad time in all.


The New York Times by Vincent Canby

The trouble with My Life as a Dog is that too often it imposes an alien sensibility upon the boy, requiring that he behave in a way that adults can too easily identify as charming. My Life as a Dog is a movie with a split point of view.

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