My Life as a Dog
1985 (PG-13) Sweden/subtitles
Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Melinda Kinnaman
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM.
Small town Sweden in the 1950s. This slice-of-life story is a coming-of-age tale narrated by a young boy with an almost unconscious sense of irony. His single mother is terminally ill, his older brother isn’t the warmest person in his life, and twice he is sent to relatives in a supportive, loving village with interesting characters and adventures. In this village, he meets a town of eccentrics and learns about love, sexual desire, and himself.
“This is a coming-of-age film in the fullest sense of the term: we watch Ingemar grow up before our eyes and turn into a human being who can live with the harsh memories as well as the more lyrical ones.” – Molly Haskell, VOGUE
“Splendidly acted, and directed with touches of visual poetry by Lasse Hallström.” – CSM Staff, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
“One of the greatest and most sensitive films about children and the turbulence of childhood…” – Sean Axmaker, TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES ONLINE
“The frequent collision of comedy and drama is breathtakingly real, and Anton Glanzelius is terrific as Ingemar, a smart 12-year-old with a philosophical bent.” – URBAN CINEFILE CRITICS