My Life as a Dog


Time Out says

This charming, bitter-sweet evocation of childhood is something of a minor gem. Set in the Sweden of the 1950s, it describes the 400 blows suffered by a resourceful, twitchy and energetic 12-year-old boy who is farmed out to country relatives when his antics and demands for attention prove too much for his ailing mother. Hallström nurtures from his young star (Glanzelius) a performance of remarkable range and maturity, presenting a poignant picture of youthful tenacity struggling to come to terms with disappointments and events that may be beyond his comprehension, but which he manages to negotiate with his quirky, open-eyed optimism intact. Witty, touching and perceptive as he contrasts the rural village and its strange but generous-hearted eccentrics with the harsher realities of the city, Hallström makes it a seamless mix of tragedy and humour.

By: WH


Release details

101 mins

Cast and crew

Lasse Hallström
Lasse Hallström, Reidar Jönsson, Brasse Brännström, Per Berglund
Anton Glanzelius
Manfred Serner
Anki Lidén
Tomas von Brömssen
Melinda Kinnaman
Kicki Rundgren
Lennart Hjulström
Ing-Marie Carlsson
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