My Life as a DogDirector: Lasse Hallström, Anton Glanzelius, Anki Liden, Manfred Serner
In 1959 Sweden, young Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius) lives with his dying mother and his nasty older brother. He survives all of life's knocks by comparing himself to those who are worse off--such as Laika, the little Russian space dog who was rocketed to his death and had nothing to say in the matter. Ingemar begins to identify with Laika more and more as his mother's health deteriorates, at times dropping to all fours and baying at the moon. When his mother is advised to get some peace and quiet away from her children, Ingemar is sent to live with his loveable uncle and aunt. For the first time, the boy is surrounded by relatives and classmates who pose no threat and who genuinely like him. He even has a sexual awakening. When his mother dies, he no longer rationalizes his misfortunes by comparing himself to those less fortunate; from now on, he can conjure up pleasant memories of his summer away from home to sustain him through the hard times. My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv Som Hund) is based on the autobiographical novel by Reidar Jonsson.
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Cast & Crew
|Anton Glanzelius||Ingemar Johansson|
|Anki Liden||Ingemar's Mother|
|Tomas von Bromssen||Gunnar|
|Ing-Marie Carlsson||Berit the Artist's Model|
|Kicki Rundgren||Aunt Ulla|
|Lennart Hjulström||Konstnaren, The Sculptor|
|Christina Carlwind||Mrs. Sandberg|
|Didrik Gustavsson||Mr. Arcidsson|
|Vivi Johansson||Mrs. Arvidsson|
|Arnold Alfredsson||Manne's Grandfather|
|Fritz Elofsson||Glassworks Master|
|Johanna Udehn||Lilla Grodan|
|Viveca Dahlen||Woman in Laundry|
|Leif Erickson||Farbor Sandberg|
|Susanne Falck||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Björn Isfält||Score Composer|
|Inger Pehrsson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Lasse Westfelt||Production Designer|
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Mit Live Som Hund (My Life As a Dog) is perhaps one of the finest coming-of-age stories ever put on film. Anton Glanzelius our beautiful 12 yr old hero goes through growing pains when his mum becomes ill and he has to live with quirky relatives and an equally quirky neighbourhood the boy on the (football) soccer team with green hair is a standout. Along the way, he falls in love with a girl. Every cineaste must have this in their private collection. A beautiful film.
I just finished seeing it. It was recommended by a friend. I enjoyed it. The main character, Ingemar, is a little boy, about 12 yrs.old. So there is the puberty issue. The scenes are crisp and sharp, the rural village is wonderful for a young boy. They make glass so there is the molten glass and the master glass blower. There is also a sculpter, and Ingemar is her chaperone as she poses naked and he falls through the skylight as he tries to steal a look. He tells the story to his sick mom, (single parent family).
One of my favorite movies. B&N is showing it as widescreen, and I hope they correct that, since the product is actually fullscreen. If you get the wrong format, watch the movie to make yourself feel better.
This movie is so poignant, you can't help but be glued to your screen. Strong points: direction, screenplay, acting from all members of the cast, especially from Anton Glanzelius. Too bad he only made one movie. Worth seeing again and again and again...
This movie has haunted me since I first saw it and knew one day I would have to own it. It is sweet and tender as well as rip-your-heart-out honest. I laughed and cried. Beautifully filmed. I am placing my order today and can't wait to savor this gem again and again.
I recommend this for everyone in the family. Even my 8-year old son enjoyed it - he was firmly entranced, reading the subtitles. He laughed, he cried. Wow! This is a classic in my book. I rank it right up there with Old Yeller.
I didn't think much of it at first, but loved the cinematography. so beautiful.. There are some scenes that just popped right out and surprised me, and I don't think I am allowed to give it out.