My Life as A Dog (1985)


“In fact, I’ve been kinda lucky. I mean, compared to others. You have to compare, so you can get a little distance from things. Like Laika. She really must have seen things in perspective. It’s important to keep a certain distance. I think about that guy who tried to set a world record for jumping over buses with a motorcycle. He lined up 31 buses. If he’d left it at 30, maybe he would have survived. ” – Ingemar

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Video in the 80’s and 14 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A coming of age story of a young boy who is sent to live with his uncle for the summer while his ill mother tries to recuperate from her illness.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing on video as a kid and quite truthfully remember that I liked it but couldn’t really understand most of what was going on since I was so young.

I’m quite glad that I decided to rewatch this as an adult because I am now able to comprehend much better the story that they are trying to tell.

They do a wonderful job here showing the ups and downs of life of a young boy in Sweden during the 1960’s and manage to give us quite a realistic portrayal of what life must have been like there at that time.

The dilemmas that this boy faces are quite diverse and we get to see how he tries to deal with so many heavy issues that generally kids his age shouldn’t have to deal with especially since so many of them are so life changing.

This film was deservingly nominated for two Oscar; Best Director and Best Screenplay but lost both of them to The Last Emperor (1987).

It also won Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes but for some reason wasn’t nominated in that category at the Oscars.

Bottom Line – Nice idea that works quite well showing the ups and downs of life for a young boy trying to understand everything that happens around him. They do an excellent job giving him diverse issues to deal with which help cover many different aspects of childhood. The story itself manages to give us a really good perspective of life in Sweden during the 60’s and comes across as quite realistic in everything that it does. I can completely understand how this film could get Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay and that it could win Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an interview the late Richard Harris listed this movie as his favourite film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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3 thoughts on “My Life as A Dog (1985)

  1. I remember liking this movie very much the one and only time I saw it. I also remember seeing it on my birthday and coming home to find a call on my answering machine from my agent (on a Sunday night no less – which never happened) telling me that a spec script that I’d written had provoked a bidding war.

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