My Life as a Dog
The Criterion Collection
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My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) tells the story of Ingemar, a twelve-year-old from a working-class family sent to live with his uncle in a country village when his mother falls ill. There, the boy finds both refuge from his misfortunes and unexpected adventure with the help of the town’s warmhearted eccentrics. Featuring an incredibly mature and unaffected performance from the young Anton Glanzelius, this is a beloved and bittersweet evocation of the struggles and joys of childhood from Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules).
Shall We Go to My or Your Place or Each Go Home Alone? (1973), a fifty-two-minute film by Hallström
Video interview with Hallström from 2003
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and an appreciation by the late author Kurt Vonnegut
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He is deeply disturbed, deeply troubled but his mother's illness forces him to stay a while in a village full of....well, folks who are a little off...who would not fit in...AND there he finds a home.
The voice over reflections are wonderful and one of them is about the film title - a reference to the Soviet's practice of sending dogs up in space capsules- a trip to nowhere.
Funny, poignant and complex.