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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

Writers:

Reidar Jönsson (novel), Lasse Hallström (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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 Johansson
Tomas von Brömssen ... Gunnar, Ingemars morbror
Anki Lidén ... Ingemars mamma (as Anki Liden)
Melinda Kinnaman ... Saga
Kicki Rundgren Kicki Rundgren ... Ulla, Gunnars fru
Lennart Hjulström ... Konstnären
Ing-Marie Carlsson ... Berit (as Ing-Mari Carlsson)
Leif Ericson Leif Ericson ... Farbror Sandberg (as Leif Ericsson)
Christina Carlwind ... Fru Sandberg
Ralph Carlsson ... Harry
Viveca Dahlén Viveca Dahlén ... Tanten i tvättstugan
Arnold Alfredsson Arnold Alfredsson ... Mannes farfar (as Arnold Alfredson)
Fritz Elofsson Fritz Elofsson ... Mäster på glasbruket
Didrik Gustafsson Didrik Gustafsson ... Farbror Arvidsson, Ullas far (as Didrik Gustavsson)
Jan-Philip Hollström ... Manne, den grönhårige pojken
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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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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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Trivia

The only film that year to be Oscar nominated for Best Director, but not Best Picture. See more »

Goofs

Somehow the two brothers have completly different accents. Ingemar speaks Swedish with a Göteborg-accent, while his brother Erik speaks a strong Stockholm dialect. 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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Connections

Referenced in Glasgow Kiss: Co-Operation (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Twilight Time
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Buck Ram, Al Nevins, Morty Nevins and Artie Dunn (1944)
Swedish lyrics by Bengt Sundström ("När livet börjar le") and Gösta Rybrant ("När dagen dör")
Sung by unknown singer
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A really great coming of age film
18 November 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

In 1950s Sweden a 12 year old boy Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius) is sent to live with relatives. His father is away and his mother is slowly dying of some unnamed disease (I think it's tuberculosis) and can't handle him (he's VERY mischievous and always getting in trouble). With his relatives he grows up and learns how to deal with life, love, feelings of abandonment, sex etc etc.

Sounds pretty obvious but it isn't. This film is beautifully directed by Lasse Hallstrom and perfectly captures what it's like to be a young boy growing up. That it takes place in 1950s Sweden makes no difference--all young boys go through the feelings and emotions shown in this movie. Some posters have complained about a (brief) instance of a topless young girl. Well--like it or not, kids that age DO think about sex and do "explore" their feelings with other kids. I actually think it's great that this film didn't shy away from that subject. Glanzelius is just great in the role and has a VERY expressive face (some of the looks he gives are fascinating and hilarious too). An excellent film.

This was a surprise hit in the US in 1985. It was so big Glanzelius actually toured the country with his parents to promote the movie. I remember seeing it in 1985 and loving it--it still holds up. A must-see.


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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,667, 3 May 1987

Gross USA:

$8,345,266

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,349,284
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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