Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
Original title: Mitt liv som hund
Sweden, 1985. FilmTeknik, Svensk Filmindustri. Screenplay by Lasse Hallstrom, Reidar Jonsson, Brasse Brannstrom, Per Berglund, based on the novel by Reidar Jonsson. Cinematography by Jorgen Persson. Produced by Waldemar Bergendahl. Music by Bjorn Isfalt. Production Design by Lasse Westfelt. Costume Design by Susanne Falck, Inger Pehrsson. Film Editing by Christer Furubrand, Susanne Linnman. Academy Awards 1985. Boston Film Critics Awards 1987. Golden Globe Awards 1985. Independent Spirit Awards 1987. National Board of Review Awards 1987. New York Film Critics Awards 1987.
This excellent film is one of the best records of childhood since The 400 Blows. Anton Glanzelius is excellent as a little boy growing up in the big city whose mother takes seriously ill and he is sent to live with relatives in the Swedish countryside. He is welcomed immediately by his eccentric uncle and loving family as he experiences growing pains with the charming assortment of children. Lots of terrific episodes, all centred around the child’s comparing himself and his problems to other disasters that he’s read about occurring to other people. Intelligent and shrewd, it is also touching and sentimental without ever being obvious about it. Lasse Hallstrom first made an international mark for himself with this classic, and it is still considered his best film.
The Criterion Collection: #178