Mitt liv som hund (1985)
Sweden / Swedish
"Det kunde ha varit värre. Jag har faktiskt haft tur. Om man jämför...
"A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let her ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives.
A really great coming of age film
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
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
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